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ERIC Number: EJ833128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Parental Support and the Attitudes of Boys and Girls to Modern Foreign Languages
Jones, Christine
Language Learning Journal, v37 n1 p85-97 Apr 2009
Modern foreign languages (MFL) currently appear to be close to demise, as the number of pupils opting for the subject at Key Stage 4 continues to fall. This paper addresses the issue of the key role of parental support in relation to attitudes of pupils towards MFL. It reports on a study conducted at two secondary schools which made use of teacher and parent questionnaires and a small number of parent interviews. The questions posed concerned: the importance attached by parents to MFL; whether parents could help children with MFL study; gender differences in attitudes; and socio-economic backgrounds. The findings, while based on small samples and therefore not generalisable, point to future lines of inquiry into this important question. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom