Developing appropriate assessments of English language fluency for children with English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Funder: OUP John Fell Fund (£37k); Principal Investigator: Professor Victoria Murphy; Collaborators: Prof Katie Nation, Dr Mathieu Ichou, Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck, Dr Victoria Elliott & Dr Ann Childs.

This project forms part of the University of Oxford Education Deanery award.

‘English fluency’ (a general term used to denote English language skills) is a strong predictor of academic success in EAL pupils, yet no appropriate measure currently exists for teachers to assess EAL children’s English fluency.

This project aims to develop an assessment tool to evaluate year 6 EAL children’s English fluency and collaborate with year 7 teachers to identify ways to use this tool most effectively to support academic learning thus enabling better transition information from primary to secondary phases of education for this population of children.