Research project

Digital Empowerment In Language Teaching (DELTEA)

Project overview

This interdisciplinary project addresses themes relating to teacher motivation, teacher learning and pupil outcomes. It comprises three work packages conducted across the four nations to support teacher and pupil learning and teacher supply through:

a) a research-informed, digital professional development programme
b) a linked digital FL literacy classroom intervention and
c) a teacher mentorship/stakeholder engagement MOOC and resource toolkit.

It will investigate the role of technology in supporting high-quality practitioner interaction, its effect on teacher learning, teacher job satisfaction and motivation to teach foreign languages.

The effect of a digital FL literacy teaching intervention on teacher and learner linguistic and non-linguistic outcomes will also be investigated.

The final work package will identify whether the professional development and teaching intervention can be scaled up and also improve stakeholder understanding of FL education.


Lead researcher

Dr Alison Porter

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Foreign language (FL) teaching and learning in instructed (school) settings, particulary the development of FL literacy in primary and secondary school classrooms. 
  • The potential for cross-linguistic influence in early, beginner instructed FL learning.
  • The role of evidence-informed pedagogies on teacher learning and practice.
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Other researchers

Professor Kate Borthwick MA (Hons), MA, PHD, FHEA, SCMALT

Professorial Fellow of Enterprise

Research interests

  • Massive Open Online Courses (and Language MOOCs)
  • Open educational practices and resources
  • Blended learning for languages
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs