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The challenges of language teaching in Polish complementary schools in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown

Young, Sara; White, Anne; (2024) The challenges of language teaching in Polish complementary schools in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown. Educational Review , 76 (2) pp. 354-370. 10.1080/00131911.2022.2035686. Green open access

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Abstract

The Covid-19 lockdown in the UK during the spring of 2020 led to the closure of schools and school premises to most students, including complementary school pupils; yet while the lockdown in autumn 2020 allowed state schools to remain open, Polish complementary schools found themselves in an ambiguous position. This paper explores the experiences of eight Polish complementary school heads, focusing on their response to lockdown and the measures they took to provide online learning through the year. The paper also examines how changing lockdown policies impacted the running of their schools. Key findings suggest a creative approach was taken to learning, and that students were eager to respond. Meanwhile, there was increasing cooperation between different schools and support from external organisations. However, the challenges of online learning were also highlighted. Additionally, heads expressed concern about student retention and recruitment, and the potential long-term effects on their school. There was also discussion about the position of complementary schools within the broader education system. The paper argues that these findings highlight questions of inequality between the complementary and mainstream sectors, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Type: Article
Title: The challenges of language teaching in Polish complementary schools in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2022.2035686
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2022.2035686
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: bilingualism, complementary schools, Covid-19, education, heritage language, Polish language
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144685
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