Staff Profile:Dr Louise Courtney

Name:
Dr Louise Courtney
Job Title:
Deputy Director for MA Programme
Responsibilities:

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Deputy Director of PGT programmes
  • Lecturer in language, education and research methods

Teaching:

  • Module convenor MA Education – Second Language Learning and Teaching, International Student Enrichment Programme
  • Module convenor BA Education Studies – Multilingualism in Education
  • Contributes to several other modules: English as a Medium of Instruction and EdD research methods training
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Second language teaching and learning
  • Primary language teaching
  • Second language motivation
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Lexical development
  • Grammatical development (French)
  • Development of second language literacy skills
  • Individual differences

Masters, PhD and EdD Supervision offered in these areas:

  • Second language teaching and learning
  • Motivation
  • Second language literacy
  • Lexical and grammatical development
  • Individual differences
  • Teaching English as an additional language
  • Young language learners

Current PhD and EdD Students, with topics/titles of their research:

  • Muhammad Yasir Yahya: The development and implementation of a speaking module in oral presentation among undergraduate students in Malaysia
  • Muna Muquaibal: Effectiveness of CALL in Teaching and Learning English Vocabulary: The Case of Oman
  • Wayne Rimmer: The Impact of Teaching Associations on the Professional Identity of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • Brent Jones: A Transformative Look at Engagement in EFL Contexts in Japan
  • Barbara King: Is there evidence to suggest that CLIL lessons in England can result in better speaking outcomes for language learners than non-CLIL MFL lessons? (with Suzanne Graham)
  • Anne House: What does it mean for children with significant writing difficulties to work with assistive technology in a mainstream secondary school: a case study using speech recognition software. (with Daisy Powell)
  • Nezha Badi: Investigating Reading Comprehension Proficiency and Self-Efficacy among Algerian EFL Students (with Suzanne Graham
  • Navin Puri: An exploration and investigation in determining if an ethic of caring and professionalism is essential to the definition and maintenance of effective teaching amongst secondary school teachers after experiencing incidents of aggression and violence from pupils

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Developing the teaching of reading in Modern Foreign Languages: can instruction in phonics and reading strategies to improve students’ progress and motivation in Key Stage 3? A two-year project funded by The Nuffield Foundation investigating the impact different teaching approaches for the teaching of reading in French in Year 7.
  • Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Knowledge, Working Memory and Mathematics Attainment of Children with English as Additional Language (EAL): Pilot Study. An internally funded cross-disciplinary project evaluating the relationship between English proficiency and mathematical ability of EAL learners in England.
  • Primary Modern Languages: the impact of teaching approaches on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning. This project has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation and is a 2-year project (2012-2014) investigating the teaching of French in primary schools and its impact on learners' grammatical knowledge and preparedness for secondary school MFL learning. See Nuffield Foundation PML.
  • Moving from primary to secondary education: An investigation into the effect of primary to secondary transition on motivation for language learning and foreign language proficiency. 2010-2014, University of Southampton ESRC sponsored studentship ES/H010440/1.
Research groups / Centres:
  • Member of institute first and second language research groups.
  • Member of the AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning.
  • Member of the Research in Primary Languages Network
Recent Publications:
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Publications:

  1. Courtney, L., Graham, S., Tonkyn, A. and Marinis, T. (forthcoming). Individual differences in early language learning: a study of English learners of French. Applied Linguistics.
  2. Graham, S., Courtney, L., Marinis, T. and Tonkyn, A. (2014) Primary Modern Languages: the impact of teaching approaches on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning. Project Report. University of Reading (unpublished).
  3. Courtney, L. (2014). Moving from primary to secondary education: An investigation into the effect of primary to secondary transition on motivation for language learning and foreign language proficiency. Unpublished PhD thesis.

Selection of Conference Papers:

  1. Early language learning: A study of motivation at primary to secondary school transition. AILA World Congress 24th August 2011 Beijing
  2. The lexical development of young instructed learners of French: the role of individual and contextual factors across the primary to secondary school transition. BAAL LL&T SIG 5th July 2013 Twickenham
  3. The morpho-syntactic development of early instructed learners of L2 French: the case of grammatical gender. BAAL Annual Conference 5th September 2013 Edinburgh
  4. Primary to secondary transition in MFL: insights from research. Language World Conference 20th March 2015 Newcastle
  5. Répétez: sentence repetition as a measure of lexical and grammatical knowledge of young learners of French. Teaching English to Young Learners Conference 6th June 2015, Jagodina Serbia
  6. Individual Differences in Early Language Learning. BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG Conference 2nd July 2015, Edinburgh
  7. Early Language Learning: long term motivational trajectories and end-of-school attainment. BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG Conference 30th June 2016, Lancaster
  8. Individual differences in early language learning: a study of English learners of French. Second Language Research Forum September 2016, New York
  9. The development of verb morphology and syntax in young learners of French at Key Stage 2. RiPL network Research in the Primary Classroom conference, June 2017, Essex

Selected Invited Presentations

  1. Making the most of assessment: designing multi-purpose tasks for young language learners. Assessing Young Learners Seminar 21st October 2011 Warsaw
  2. Primary to Secondary Transition in French: Insights from research. Primary and Secondary MFL conference, 15th November 2014, University of Westminster
  3. Primary Modern Languages: the impact of teaching approaches on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning (with Suzanne Graham). National Association for Language Advisors Annual Conference, 11th July 2015, Stratford-upon-Avon
  4. The Language Magician: Learner motivation and individual differences in language learning. The Language Magician symposium July 2017, Siena.

Any Further Information:

Enterprise and International Activity:

  • Department for Education: Funding to provide CPD to introduce the new National Curriculum for MFL (primary and secondary schools).
  • One of ten partners from across the European Union contributing to the “Language Magician". A project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, launched on 1 September 2015 to develop a computer game that can be used as an assessment tool in schools to support the learning and teaching of foreign languages at primary school level.
  • Elected member of the Committee for Linguistics in Education.
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Contact Details

Email:
l.m.courtney@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2796

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