Call for Literature: Rapid Evidence Assessment

The Applied Linguistics Research Group at the Department of Education at Oxford is currently working on a Rapid Evidence Assessment, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, of research into languages in education and foreign language teaching and learning.


Our specific review questions are:

  • What approaches to teaching a foreign language have been used, and what is the evidence on their effectiveness?
  • What is the impact of learning a foreign language on students’ wider academic outcomes?
  • What practitioner skills or programme characteristics contribute to effective language learning among students?
  • What is the impact of using a non-native language as the medium of instruction in academic subjects on students’ academic outcomes?
  • Are there implementation factors that lead to a positive impact on attainment of using a non-native language as the medium of instruction?
  • What is the impact of delaying or accelerating the introduction of a new ‘local’ language as a medium of instruction for new arrivals (e.g., refugees, immigrants) who are not yet proficient in their native language?


We are looking for details of any research of which you are aware, either published via traditional channels or constituting ‘grey literature’ (e.g., working papers; PhD theses), that fits the following criteria:

Research which was

  • Published / distributed / released in or after 2000

AND which is a

  • Systematic review;
  • Meta-analysis;
  • Narrative review
  • State-of-the-art article/review; or
  • Rapid evidence assessment

AND which focuses on

  • Language(s) in education;
  • Second / foreign / additional language learning; and/or
  • Second / foreign / additional language teaching


In addition, if you know of any individual studies that speak directly to our review questions, we would be grateful for details of these. Please kindly email references (or weblinks, full text documents etc.) of any relevant studies to Henriette Arndt ( at your earliest convenience, and thank you for your help!