ERIC Number: ED060330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
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Teaching of Foreign Languages in Australia.
Wykes, O.; King, M. G.
This document is an English-language abstract (approximately 1,500 words) of a survey concerning the teaching of foreign languages in Australia. Experimental research into the validity of the various aims and claims for foreign language teaching is summarized, and the authors conclude that while much research has been done on cognitive aspects, little is available in the area of methodology, student foreign language attitudes, or effect of language on student foreign country attitudes. The most popular language is French, followed by Latin and German. Fewer than 1% of students in Australia study any foreign language other than the three mentioned. A far higher number of girls than boys complete their language courses; the wastage is great. Boys might prefer to study Russian and German because of their interest in science, rather than French. Action should be taken to remedy the present unequal spread of foreign language resources in the universities. Although French has a high enrollment, it is the least liked subject at all levels, evoking stronger feelings of like and dislike than other subjects. When teaching aids and activities are used, interest in French increases. (Author/GDB)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Audiovisual Aids, Educational Objectives, French, German, Higher Education, Latin, Modern Language Curriculum, Russian, School Surveys, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Available in CEAS Abstract Series No. 1-4 (ED 060 227)
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