An intrinsic case study investigating the delivery of Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 2 in one South Wales primary school
Lake, Carmella Bahiyeh Astani
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This dissertation is concerned with the delivery of Modern Foreign Languages (MFLs) at Key Stage 2 in a South Wales primary school. Although not currently a statutory part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in Wales, CILT Cymru, the National Centre for Languages, is piloting a number of KS2 MFL projects in primary schools in Wales. The case study school was one of these pilot schools. More specifically, it examines the evidence of children's enjoyment in learning an MFL; it also considers the cultural strategies and resources in place to support the delivery of MFL and the methods implemented to engage pupils' enthusiasm. A case study methodology is focused on the attitudes and opinions of the head teacher, language specialist teacher and, 21 pupils in a Year 5/6 cohort. With the use of a multi-method approach, some quantitative but largely qualitative data was generated through the research. The project takes a constructive stance in evaluating current practice and investigates alternative approaches to teaching the MFL curriculum. lt concludes that increased awareness of the culture of the target language should feature as an integral part of foreign language instruction.
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