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ERIC Number: ED402967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
Community College Students and Foreign Languages: Making the Match.
Thot, Iris Dolores
A study was conducted to determine the primary reasons that community college students enrolled in foreign language classes. Surveys were distributed to 61 students in 6 German and Spanish language classes at California's Chaffey Community College, requesting information on their motivation for enrolling in the class, level of satisfaction, and general attitudes regarding needs for foreign language instruction in the United States. Study findings, based on responses from all 61 students, included the following: (1) 31.1% of the students indicated that they were taking a foreign language because it was their major, while 54.1% said that they were taking it for pleasure; (2) 26.2% indicated that they were taking the language class to be more attractive on the job market, while another 14.8% cited job advancement; (3) 95.1% indicated that they enjoyed their class; (4) 65.6% rated their teachers as excellent, 21.3% as very good, 6.6% as good, and 1.6% as fair; and (5) 52.5% strongly agreed that every U.S. child should study a foreign language, while 23% strongly agreed with the statement that if more people learned a foreign language there would be less war. Finally, significant correlations were found between students who indicated that they were taking a foreign language to make more money and for pleasure, between those studying a language for prestige and for job advancement, and between those taking the language for money and for job advancement. Contains 18 references. The survey instrument is appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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