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ERIC Number: EJ834350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Interest in Less Widely Taught Languages: School Students' Attitudes
King, Terry
Language Learning Journal, v31 n1 p39-46 Sum 2005
This article reports on the ATLAS project, which addressed the problem of poor recruitment to university courses in the less widely taught (LWT) languages. The results of a survey of school students' attitudes towards learning languages and towards using the web were used to help design a website to encourage students to consider taking up a new language at university. The results showed students' doubts about language learning but also positive features. Language learning is viewed positively in principle, and the problems seem to lie in pedagogy and syllabuses. For the LWT languages the problem is one of access. The web-based tasters were a success with those school students who were given the chance to use them, and their feedback indicates a substantial interest in language awareness and in other cultures. The paper ends with a discussion of methodology, material design, marketing and pedagogy. (Contains 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)