RIPL Network

university of essex

The RiPL Network project aims to better understand the nature of second language (L2) knowledge, what impacts on it and how it develops over time. The team of researchers involved in it want to know more about how we learn second languages and how this differs from the way we learn our native language, and  how we can learn and teach foreign languages more effectively.

More specifically: 

  • Does being multilingual impede or facilitate the language learning process?
  • What role do individual differences play in this process?
  • Do children with English as an Additional Language (EAL), monolingual learners and teachers draw on the multilingual expertise in the classroom, and if so, how?
  • What do children with EAL, their classmates and teachers think about foreign language learning?

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