About the Journal


‘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 learning and teaching we mean teaching and learning related to verbal skills and arts in language one (that is, typically a region’s language of instruction). This includes instruction serving the learning needs of students where the language taught is the first language as well as the learning needs of students where the language taught is their second language or an additional 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.

The scope of the journal includes research on teaching, learning, and assessment of the L1 language; oracy, literacy - reading and writing, linguistics, and literature instruction (including digital media) within schools, curricula, and communities. L1 education contexts can range 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 We do not publish linguistic analyses or literary studies without any bearing on education. The journal also welcomes reviews of books that make significant contributions to state-of-the-art research in L1 education.


We aim to advance research that improves L1 teaching and learning, for the benefit of students, teachers, and communities across countries and regions. Specifically, we strive 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 conducted 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.