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The history of language learning and teaching in Britain

McLelland, Nicola

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This article provides an overview, based on the most recent research available, of the history of language learning and teaching (HoLLT) in Britain. After an overview of the state of research, we consider which languages have been learnt, why, and how that has changed; the role of teachers and tests in determining what was taught; changes in how languages have been taught (and why); and the emergence of the modern infrastructure of language teaching policy and practice. After this general survey, we conclude with a more in-depth discussion of the contribution of one key figure, Walter Rippmann, in the period of 1895 to ca. 1920, a time of professionalization of language teaching and of efforts towards innovation and change, which set the agenda for many of the major developments of the twentieth century, including a call for scientifically-based language teaching and a greater emphasis on the spoken language.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 20, 2018
Journal Language Learning Journal
Print ISSN 0957-1736
Electronic ISSN 1753-2167
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 1
Pages 6-16
APA6 Citation McLelland, N. (2018). The history of language learning and teaching in Britain. Language Learning Journal, 46(1), 6-16. doi:10.1080/09571736.2017.1382052
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2017.1382052
Keywords HoLLT (History of Language Learning and Teaching), Walter Rippmann, language teaching methods, language testing, language policy, modern foreign languages
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09571736.2017.1382052
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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