L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature

Aims and scope

Divided as we are by our distinct languages and cultures, we share a common concern: the quality of the teaching and learning of language and literature in L1 (mother tongues). Throughout the world, education systems face major challenges. Societal demands for literacy and communicative competence increase while at the same time, school populations become ever more culturally and linguistically diverse. In response to these trends, many countries have examples of promising research and development in the learning and teaching of mother tongue education ... in splendid isolation.


We argue that national work in the improvement of language education can profit enormously from international exchange. Hence, this journal aims to create an international forum for research and discussion on the teaching and learning of language and literature.


The L1 - Educational Studies in Language and Literature aims at the learning and teaching of mother tongues. The Journal deals with language education situations that often are referred to as mother tongue education, the teaching of the standard language or national language education. It deals, for instance, with the common issues of the teaching of French in France and Belgium to francophones, English in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong to anglophones and Spanish in Spain and Argentina to 'hispanophones', Catalan in Catalonia. The Journal furthermore deals with L1-education primarily, although very aware of the circumstance that in most learning groups in the world, students are bilingual. Second language teaching and learning issues will be dealt with in an integrative manner. L1-education ranges from kindergarten to adult education. It encompasses the learning of the written code and the teaching of oracy. Grammar and communication, literature and functional writing, vocabulary and critical reading: the scope of L1 - Educational Studies in Language and Literature is comprehensive.


Within this vast area, L1 - Educational Studies in Language and Literature tries to promote theoretically grounded and empirically informed educational improvement.


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