ERIC Number: ED389197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Student Attitudes to Learning Modern Languages in the 1980s. Data from Nuffield Modern Languages Inquiry, 1986. Occasional Papers, 36.
Results of a survey of college and university students of modern languages in Great Britain are presented in three separate reports. The first concerns current classroom practice in language teaching, including how students spend their time on language-related activities (e.g., attending lectures in a foreign language, doing translations, using a computer or language laboratory) within and outside language classes. A wide range of responses was received, suggesting little clear pattern. Students were also asked which activities they found most useful and enjoyable. The second report presents student attitudes about what skills language graduates should have (e.g., converse with near-native fluency, pick up topical or cultural allusions, read specialist material), and how they themselves meet those criteria. Results indicate a low level of agreement about needed skills and a high level of students complacency about their own language capabilities. Few saw literature or linguistics as features of an ideal modern language program. The third reports addresses the content and perceived value of a year of study abroad, including how the study period was arranged, how it was spent, patterns of foreign language use, cultural knowledge gained, and other personal benefit. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Students, Course Content, Educational Needs, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Language Attitudes, Modern Languages, National Surveys, Relevance (Education), Scheduling, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Student Attitudes, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.
Identifiers: United Kingdom