Laura is Co-Director of the University of Oxford Education Deanery and subject lead for the PGCE in Modern Languages. She also supervises higher degrees in the fields of instructed second language learning and language teacher education.

Before working with the department, Laura taught French and German at secondary school level. She became interested in teacher education whilst mentoring beginning languages teachers during their school placements. Her doctoral research focussed on in-service languages teachers’ professional learning experiences and needs.

Laura is currently working on a project to compare the nature of instructed second/foreign language learning at secondary school in England, Norway and France.


Book chapters
  • Woore, R., Mutton, T., & Molway, L. (2022). ASSIGNMENTS AS TOOLS FOR PRACTICAL THEORISING: An exploration of affordances, limitations and possibilities. In Practical Theorising in Teacher Education: Holding Theory and Practice Together (pp. 143-159).

  • Molway, L. (2021). Key issues in pre-service language teacher education. In E. Macaro & R. Woore (Eds.), Debates in Second Language Education. Routledge.

  • Molway, L., Mutton, T., Woore, R., & Porter, K. (2018). What are the possibilities and limitations of small-scale, mediated classroom interventions? Two cases from Modern Foreign Languages. In G. Stylianides & A. Childs (Eds.), Classroom-based Interventions Across Subject Areas: Research to Understand What Works in Education. Routledge.

  • Journal articles
  • Chan, J., Woore, R., Molway, L., & Mutton, T. (2022). Learning and teaching Chinese as a foreign language: A scoping review. Review of Education, 10(3).

  • Chan, J., Woore, R., Molway, L., & Mutton, T. (2022). Learning and teaching Chinese as a foreign language: a scoping review. Review of Education, 10(3).

  • Burn, K., Ingram, J., Molway, L., & Mutton, T. (2022). Beyond reactive responses to enduring growth: the transformation of principles and practices within initial teacher education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 48, 441-458.

  • Woore, R., Molway, L., & Macaro, E. (2022). Keeping sight of the big picture: a critical response to Ofsted’s 2021 Curriculum Research Review for languages. Language Learning Journal, 50(2), 146-155.

  • Molway, L. (2021). Which aspects of their practice do modern languages teachers in England’s secondary schools say they want to develop?. Language Learning Journal, 50(5), 627-649.

  • Molway, L. (2020). Measuring effective teaching: Student perceptions of their modern languages lessons in England. System, 97.

  • Molway, L., Arcos, M., & Macaro, E. (2020). Language teachers’ reported first and second language use: A comparative contextualized study of England and Spain. Language Teaching Research, 26(4), 642-670.

  • Woore, R., Mutton, T., & Molway, L. (2020). ‘It’s definitely part of who I am in the role’. Developing teachers’ research engagement through a subject-specific Master’s programme. Teacher Development, 24(1), 88-107.

  • Molway, L. (2019). ’It’s all about coping with the new specifications’: Coping professional development – the new CPD. London Review of Education, 17(2), 97-111.

  • Molway, L., & Mutton, T. (2019). Changing mindsets in the modern foreign languages classroom: An intervention combining intelligence theories and reading strategies. Language Learning Journal.

  • Other
  • MOLWAY, L. (2020). What do secondary school languages teachers say they want to learn?. Association for Language Learning.