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Language provision for non-specialists in HE: Are we getting it right?

Chabert, Catherine and Eckart, Helga 2012. Language provision for non-specialists in HE: Are we getting it right? Presented at: Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education conference 2012, Edinburgh, UK, 5-6 July 2012.

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Against a background of UK Universities attempting to increase both access to, and promoting higher level study of, modern languages to both full and part-time students, this study aims to investigate the motivations and expectations of non-specialist language learners. In order to facilitate access to a wide range of different languages and language levels, there is a trend in some UK Universities to open up language courses to both part-time adult education students and traditional non-specialist students within the institution wide language provision. Three cohorts of language learners at Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning will be surveyed via questionnaire: part-time adult learners, non-specialist undergraduates studying on free-standing modules and specialist undergraduates studying towards business and a foreign language degree. It is hoped that by comparing the responses across the three cohorts, particularly with regard to employment/promotion incentives, insights can be gained to further inform the continuing policy debate on the role of Modern Foreign Languages in Higher Education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Lifelong Learning
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
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