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ERIC Number: ED185807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Modern Languages in Comprehensive Schools: Fears and Hopes in Great Britain.
Renwick, John
Journal of the Modern Language Association of Northern Ireland, n1 p23-33 1978
The problems facing modern languages in comprehensive schools in Great Britain are discussed. Questions raised by the situations are: why do fewer pupils in the fourth form and even fewer sixth formers study a language? Why do even fewer choose to continue with their language studies when they progress into higher education? Phases in school reorganization that have influenced modern language study include: (1) the common core curriculum in the lower forms; (2) the system of options operating in the fourth form; (3) transfer between schools; (4) the place of second foreign language in the curriculum; and (5) examination systems. The most significant feature resulting from the adoption of the common core curriculum in secondary schools is that the introduction of a second foreign language in the lower forms has become generally impossible. Easier options for students than taking foreign languages result in children escaping the study of a language in their third year. When heads of schools do not offer second languages with small enrollments, the unfortunate consequence is that the minority languages die out, or are taught in small pockets of resistance. Examination systems have revealed that students have gained a wide variety of experience in their early levels. It is projected that the only language that will be widely taught in secondary schools in the 1980s will be French. (SW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom