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Professor Janet Enever

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Visiting Professor

Janet teaches the following modules:

  • LSMYL: Teaching Young Learners


Professor of Language Teaching and Learning , Umeå University, Sweden 2011-2017 (with responsibilities including research leadership in field of language education, supervision of PhD students; teaching at undergraduate, masters and PhD level in fields of language education, research methods, early language learning and language and globalisation.)

Coordinator, AILA Special Interest Group for research on early language learning, 2015-2017,

Series editor: Early language learning in school contexts, Multilingual Matters

Areas of Interest

Janet's current research interests include the impact of globalisation on English language teaching, the politics of primary foreign language policy, primary EFL/FL teaching and learning, language teacher education and the significance of language skills for career opportunities.

Janet currently participates in the following research studies:

Co-researcher in nationally funded research project (Sweden): What doors can languages open?

Nordplus funded project (Nordic / Baltic region) 'Developing early foreign language learning and teaching in the Nordic / Baltic context'

She is also a member of the UK-based network for Research in Primary Languages (RIPL)

Janet has contributed as an expert adviser for early language policy planning in schools across a range of countries including: Kosovo, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, France, Colombia and Uruguay.

During the years 2007-2010 Janet coordinated a European Commission funded transnational longitudinal study of early language learning across seven countries. Results were evaluated by the Eurydice unit as likely to "make a substantial contribution to streamlining efforts in Early Language Learning policies across the European Union".

Research groups / Centres

Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism

Applied Linguistics Research Group


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Enever, J. & Lindgren, E. (Eds.) (2017). Early language learning: complexity and mixed methods. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Lindgren, E. & Enever, J. (2017). Mixed methods in early language learning research - examining complexity. In: J. Enever. & E. Lindgren (Eds.). Early language learning: complexity and mixed methods (pp. 1-8). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Lindgren, E. & Enever, J. (2017). Employing mixed methods for the construction of thick descriptions of early language learning. In: J. Enever & E. Lindgren (Eds.). Early language learning: complexity and mixed methods (pp. 201-221). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Enever, J. & Lindgren, E. (2017). Mixed methods in early language learning research. In J. Enever & E. Lindgren (Eds.). Early language learning: complexity and mixed methods (pp. 305-314). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Enever, J. (2017). A passion for teaching, or the brightest and the best? Notions of quality in primary EFL teacher education. In E. Wilden & R. Porsch (Eds.). The professional development of in-service and pre-service primary EFL teachers. National and international research (pp.95-108). Münster, Germany: Waxmann.


Enever, J. & Lindgren, E. (2016). Early language learning in instructed contexts - Editorial introduction. Education Inquiry. Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-8.

Enever, J. (2016). What can we expect of an early start to foreign language learning in Europe today? Gyermeknevelés, No. 1: 1-9.

Enever, J. (2016). Primary ELT: Issues and trends. In G. Hall (ed.) Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (pp.353-366). London & New York: Routledge.


Lindgren, E. and Enever, J. (2015) (Eds.) Språkdidaktik: research on language teaching and learning. Umeå Studies in Language and Literature 26. Umeå: Umeå University, Department of Language Studies.

Enever, J. (2015). The Advantages and Disadvantages of English as a Foreign Language with Young Learners. In J. Bland (Ed.) Teaching English to young learners: Critical issues in language teaching with 3-12 year olds (pp.13-29). London: Bloomsbury.


Enever, J., Lindgren, E. and Ivanov, S. (2014) (Eds.) Conference Proceedings from Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice 2014. Umeå, Sweden: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University.

Enever, J. and Lopriore, L. (2014) Language learning across borders and across time: A critical appraisal of a transnational, longitudinal model for research investigation. System 45: 187-197.

Enever, J. (2014) Primary English teacher education in Europe. ELT Journal, 68: 3.

Juriševič, M., Enever, J. and Pozorn, K. (2014) Triple Tool Effect: Professional Portfolios in Teaching Foreign Languages. Porta Linguarum. 21:1.

Enever, J. (2014) What can we expect of an early start to foreign language learning in Europe today? In E. Márkus & E. Trentinné Benkö (Eds.). Conference Proceedings, A Korai Idegennyelvi Fejlesztés Elmélete és Gyakorlata (Early Language Development Theory and Practice) (pp. 13-24). Budapest: ELTE.


Enever, J. (2013) The ELLiE Study: Capturing Evidence Transnationally and Longitudinally. ELT Research: IATEFL. Spring 2013/ 28


Enever, J. (2012) Current policy issues in early foreign language learning. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal (CEPS), Slovenia. 4/2012.

Enever, J. (2012). Plurilingualism: Have early start foreign language programmes in Europe fulfilled the dream? In H. Komorowska & J. Zając (Eds). Multilingual Competences for Professional and Social Success in Europe (pp.287-293). Warsaw, Poland: Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji


Enever, J. (2011) (ed) ELLiE. Early Language Learning in Europe. London, UK: British Council.

Enever, J. (2011) Plurilingualism? Have language-in-education policies in Europe delivered the promise? / ?Plurilingüismo? Han cumplido lo prometido las politicas europeas de education lingüistica? In: Powell-Davies, P (Ed.) Word for Word. The social, economic and political impact of Spanish and English /Palabra por palabra. El impact social, economic y politico del español y del inglés (pp. 205-220). España: Instituto Cervantes/British Council.

Enever, J. (2011) Planning effective learning contexts for early language learning, International House Journal of Education and Development. Issue 30


2010 Enever, J & Moon, J (2010) A global revolution? Teaching English at primary school. British Council


Enever, J., Moon, J. & Raman, U. (2009) (eds.) Young Learner English Language Policy and Implementation: International Perspectives. Reading, UK: Garnet Education.

Enever, J. & Watts, C. (2009) Primary Foreign Language Pathfinders: the Brighton and Hove Experience. Language Learning Journal, Vol 37:2.

Enever, J. Szpotowicz, M. & Mihaljevic Djigunovic, J. (2009) Early language learning in Europe (ELLiE): a multinational, longitudinal study. In J. Enever, J. Moon & U. Raman (Eds.), Young Learner English Language Policy and Implementation: International Perspectives (pp. 141-148). UK: Garnet Education.

Enever, J. & Moon J. (2009). New global contexts for teaching primary ELT: Change and challenge. In J. Enever, J. Moon & U. Raman (Eds.). Young Learner English Language Policy and Implementation: International Perspectives (pp. 5-21). UK: Garnet Education, 2009.

Enever, J. (2009) Languages, education and Europeanisation. In S. L. Robertson & R. Dale (Eds.) Globalisation and Europeanisation: Identity, Language & Citizenry (pp. 179-192). Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.

Enever, J. & Sullivan, K. (2009) Language Europe? In S. L. Robertson & R. Dale (Eds.) Globalisation and Europeanisation: Identity, Language & Citizenry (pp. 215-232). Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.

Enever, J. (2009). The Status of the Target Language: Contemporary Criteria Influencing Language Choices for Early Learners in England. In M. Nikolov (Ed.) Contextualising the Age Factor: Issues in Early Foreign Language Learning (pp. 377-402). Mouton de Gruyter.

Enever, J. (2009) Can today's early language learners in England become tomorrow's plurilingual European citizens? In M. Nikolov (Ed.) Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages: Processes and Outcomes pp. 15-29). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Enever, J. (2009) Why applied linguistics is not enough. Contemporary early foreign language learning policy in Europe: a critical analysis. BAAL Proceedings. London, UK: BAAL.


Enever, J. (2008) What can realistically be achieved in state schools where relatively limited amounts of class time are available for foreign language learning? EUNIC Slovenia Conference Proceedings, Early Language Learning - a way to multilingualism. Ljubjiana: EUNIC Slovenia. ISBN 978-961-92544-0-0


Enever, J. (2007) Yet another early start language policy in Europe: Poland this time! Current Issues in language planning. Vol.8: 2.

Enever, J. (2007) "Primary Languages-in-Education Policies: Planning for Engagement and Sustainability". Primary Innovations Papers. Hanoi, Vietnam: British Council.


Enever, J. & Schmid-Schonbein, G. (2006) (Eds.) Picture books and Young Learners of English. Munich, Germany: Langenscheidt.

Enever, J. (2006) Picturebooks and creativity: an interview with Nick Sharratt. IATEFL, Children and Teenagers, SIG Journal. UK: IATEFL (Spring 2006)

Enever, J. (2006) Implementing an early start: learning from others across Europe. Published papers of the British Council 4th ELT Conference on Current Trends and Future Directions in English Language Teaching. Berlin, Germany, 17-18 February 2006. (pp. 34-39).


Enever, J. (2005) Europeanisation or globalisation in early start EFL trends across Europe? In C. Gnutzmann and F. Intemann (Eds.) The Globalisation of English and the English Language Classroom (pp. 177-192). Tübingen, Germany: Gunter Narr Verlag.


Bachelor of Education (primary), University of Brighton, UK
(1986); MA English Language in Education, London University
(1992); Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Cambridge/ UCLES
(1995); Doctor of Education (EdD), Bristol University (2001). Discipline: Language Education Policy.


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