Language Learning and Intercultural Understanding in the Primary School shows how to deliver a progressive and holistic embedded language curriculum. It provides guidance on inclusive approaches for students with English as an additional language, including native speakers in the target language as well as language awareness activities that maximise links with learning in English.

Practical and accessible, it contains classroom examples, plans, resources and pedagogical approaches all underpinned by theory, research and practice. Each chapter examines specific themes relating to language, culture, identity and wellbeing, providing rich discussions and a range of perspectives. Case studies ‘bring to life’ the examples provided, and reflection points offer the reader the opportunity to pause and consider an idea, resource, or challenging concept before moving on.

Presenting a lived narrative of shared voices, the authors invite readers to learn about their own cultural and linguistic identities and how these relate to their practice. This is a must-read for teachers, language specialists and school leaders who wish for a clear rationale for the role of language, culture, identity and wellbeing within and beyond the curriculum.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Language awareness

chapter 2|18 pages

Inclusive approaches to language learning

chapter 3|21 pages

Language, culture and identity

chapter 4|17 pages

Language and wellbeing

chapter 5|15 pages

Language and gender

chapter 6|20 pages

Languages across the curriculum

chapter 7|22 pages

Progression in language learning

chapter 8|17 pages

Assessing progress in language learning

chapter 10|9 pages

Concluding thoughts