L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature

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‘L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature’(L1-ESLL) publishes high quality research on learning and teaching in the domains of L1 language and of literature. By ‘L1 instruction’ we mean, language of instruction (that is, typically a region’s language of instruction) that serves the learning needs of students where the language taught is the first language as well as the learning needs of students where it actually is their second language. We also welcome papers on the learning and teaching of minority languages which are the first language for some students but differ from the language of instruction, and of heritage languages which form part of the cultural traditions in which students grow up. We do not, however, publish research on the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

Manuscripts submitted may deal with the teaching and learning of L1 language and literature (including digital media) within schools and other educational contexts, and ranging from kindergarten to institutions serving vocational and tertiary education. Manuscripts may consider the processes of teaching and learning as well as their frame conditions (e.g., linguistic diversity in schools, orthographic systems, literacy practices outside the school). However, they must focus on educational issues. We do not publish linguistic analyses or literary studies without any bearing on education.


Our aim is to connect individuals involved in the teaching and learning of L1 languages and literatures from different countries and regions. Studies in L1 teaching and learning are done in many countries, but often in “splendid isolation”. L1-ESLL offers an international forum for research and scholarly discussion on current issues and pedagogical practices.


L1-ESLL is the official journal of the International Association for Research in L1 Education (ARLE). ARLE seeks to build a network of specialists in L1 education and to encourage quality L1 education that is informed by research. For more information, visit the ARLE website at http://www.arle.be/index.html.

L1 Publication Ethics Statement

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