March: MetaLearn Teacher Midway Meeting
On 17 March 2023, MetaLearn held its midway meeting for all the teachers participating in the project. We are very happy that nine teachers were able to join the MetaLearn team on this occasion! We started the day with a short overview of the project, as a reminder of its complexity, followed by a little “faglig påfyll” on metalinguistic awareness and an outline of the final round of data collection. Professor Debra Myhill (University of Exeter and HVL) then gave a talk about her work on metalinguistic talk in the classroom. After a sumptuous lunch, the teachers got more information about the tasks that the pupils worked on in the intervention part of the project. The teachers were also given the opportunity to try one of the tasks themselves, discuss the potential for learning that such tasks offer and how best to implement them in the classroom. Thank you all for coming, we look forward to seeing you all again soon, during our last round of data collection!
October: Second advisory board meeting
On October the 3rd and 4th, the MetaLearn team was able to welcome the advisory board in Bergen for the very first time! How exciting to meet in person after the long digital stretch owed to Covid. During two intense days, the MetaLearn team reported on the project’s overall progress—and was happy to report having reached all milestones and deliverables. In addition, each work package gave an overview of what they had worked on so far and what is still to come. The focus of the subsequent discussions was on possible analyses and the publications to result from each work package. As a special highlight, we took our national and international guests on a city tour through Bergen on Monday, which culminated in a joint dinner on Mount Fløyen. A big thank you to all members of our advisory board for their suggestions and comments!
September: MetaLearn PhD concluded mid-way evaluation
On September 8, Kaja took an important step in her PhD by completing her mid-way evaluation. After a short presentation by Kaja, Karen Roehr-Brackin (University of Essex) and Øystein Vangsnes (UiT & HVL) gave feedback on Kaja’s presentation, her PhD project, and her progress. A big thank you to the two discussants for their critical comments!
August: EuroSLA 31 in Fribourg (Switzerland)
The MetaLearn project was represented at EuroSLA 2022 (24.-27.8.2022) by Kaja and Christine! Kaja gave a presentation on “Metalinguistic awareness and English proficiency in early instructed language learning” at the EuroSLA doctoral workshop. A big thank you to all participants for your feedback! And, of course, a special thank you to the official EuroSLA discussant, Marije Michel (University of Groningen), and the conference organizers.
June: Milestone reached—MetaLearn intervention completed!
Four rounds of intervention in three schools were conducted and completed in spring 2021. We recorded the pupils while they worked in groups on tasks created by the research team. We look very much forward to analyzing the recordings and sharing our findings!
June: MetaLearn Multiplier Event No. 1
In June 2022, MetaLearn held its first multiplier event for colleagues at HVL! 14 colleagues from the English section attended. One of the foci chosen for this event was the data collection instruments used and developed by the project. The other focus was the realities of doing research with and in schools, where the team reported on some of their experiences. The MetaLearn project team also gave a general overview of the project and its aims and reported on some of the preliminary results.
May/June: MultiLit-seminar in Leikanger
The MetaLearn project was represented at the MultiLit meeting in Leikanger (31.05-02.06.2022). Kaja presented the MetaLearn project to the MultiLit project group, which researches multilectal literacy in education. A big thank you to project manager Øystein A. Vangsnes for the invitation, we hope for many synergy effects!
May: Four MAs successfully submitted an MA thesis related to MetaLearn
This year, four MA students successfully submitted MA theses at HVL which were written in relation to MetaLearn! Here are their topics:
· Metalinguistic awareness in primary school: What and how?
· The relationship between Norwegian elementary school pupils’ cross-linguistic metalinguistic awareness, English competence, and multilingualism.
· Elementary school teacher cognition on metalinguistic awareness in the EFL classroom
· An exploratory study of primary school learners' metatalk in the EFL context
January: Milestone reached—MetaLearn baseline testing completed!
In fall 2021, MetaLearn conducted individual and group tests with almost 180 third graders from five different schools. We used our newly developed MetaLearn test to test pupils’ metalinguistic awareness, in addition to several other standardized measures such as the BPVS. A great big thank you to all pupils and teachers in the project for making this possible!
International workshop with Debra Myhill on November 17th, 2021
The MetaLearn project was very happy to have Professor Debra Myhill of the University of Exeter as our guest for a workshop on 17 November.
MetaLearn teacher kick-off seminar
On 16 September 2021, MetaLearn held a kick-off seminar for teachers from the five schools participating. The MetaLearn team and nine teachers met at Radisson Bryggen for a half-day seminar that ended with a joint lunch. During the seminar, the teachers and MetaLearn project team got to know each other better, and shared expectations about project participation. The teachers also got an overview of the MetaLearn project and the different elements of project participation, including the data collection, teacher interviews, classroom observations, and classroom intervention tasks. In addition, the meeting contained a session on assessment literacy where we took a critical look at how tests are developed and how their results can be interpreted.
Thank you all for coming, we look forward to working with you over the next two years!
Guest lecture on test development and validity with Adrian Palmer
On June 3rd, 2021, MetaLearn organised a guest lecture with Dr. Adrian Palmer (the University of Utah) in collaboration with the AALM research group. Dr. Palmer gave a talk on two approaches for assessment development and validity: the qualities of usefulness approach (Bachman & Palmer, 1996) and the Assessment Use Argument approach (Bachman & Palmer, 2010).
Thank you, Adrian, for a very interesting talk!
Milestone reached: MetaLearn piloting concluded!
May 26th, 2021: Today, MetaLearn successfully finished piloting its newly developed test instrument for metalinguistic awareness. 350 pupils from seven schools in Bergen helped to make this possible. A big thank you to all pupils and their teachers!
Guest lecture on multilingual awareness with Ulrike Jessner-Schmid
On April 21st, 2021, MetaLearn organised a guest lecture with Professor Ulrike Jessner-Schmid (the University of Innsbruck) in collaboration with the AALM research group. Jessner-Schmid gave a talk on multilingual awareness and the Dynamic Model of Multilingualism (DMM; Herdina & Jessner, 2002). She also presented interesting results from her current research on the role of multilingual awareness in a variety of language learning scenarios ranging from kindergarten to secondary schools in Austria and Italy.
Thank you, Ulrike, for a very interesting talk!
MetaLearn at the MoMM conference
Christine Möller-Omrani and Kaja Haugen represented MetaLearn at the Multilingualism on My Mind 2021 conference with presentations on test development and the development of metalinguistic awareness.
International test workshop, February 23rd 2021
The MetaLearn team hosted five international experts on assessing metalinguistic awareness at the test workshop.
Kick-off meeting, October 1st-2nd 2020
MetaLearn's kick-off meeting took place digitally on 1-2 October, 2020. The MetaLearn team and the advisory board met to discuss theoretical underpinnings and empirical approaches to the project's central construct, metalinguistic awareness.