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ERIC Number: EJ1340042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Systemic and Personal Factors That Affect Students' Elective Language Other than English Enrollment Decisions
Clayton, Stephanie
Foreign Language Annals, v55 n2 p361-382 Sum 2022
In a world where English has achieved global dominance, it is unsurprising that the instrumental value of learning a language other than English (LOTE) for those already fluent in English is increasingly deemed unnecessary. There are significant enrollment declines postcompulsory second language (L2) learning in all English-speaking countries. To explore the common Australian "monolingual mindset" and students' reasons for (not) enrolling in elective LOTE subjects, a mixed methodology study was conducted with Tasmanian Year 9-12 students. While the findings highlighted the main (de)motivators experienced by students, one key finding was the lost cohort of students who want to study a LOTE but are prevented from doing so by personal and systemic barriers. A complex interplay of factors affects student decision-making regarding elective LOTE enrollment. This article focuses upon those students who were forced to discontinue their languages study and the untold story of elective LOTE enrollment decline.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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