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"Boys' and Girls' Attitudes to French and German."

Pritchard, Rosalind (1987) "Boys' and Girls' Attitudes to French and German.". Educational Research, 29 (1). pp. 65-72. [Journal article]

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Boys in our educational system (UK) generally have less favourable attitudes towards foreign language learning than girls and are less likely to take a language in a public examination. It was hypothesised that German might have a more masculine "image" than French and that this might render it more attractive and acceptable to male students. However, it was found in an empirical study that although German did have a more masculine image, it was nevertheless generally perceived as less interesting, more difficult and less useful than French. It was concluded that the association between "gender image" and language is less powerful than the association between language and certain socio-linguistic factors such as nationalism.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Learng German; language and nationalism; gender and language learning
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:22547
Deposited By: Professor Rosalind Pritchard
Deposited On:12 Jun 2012 07:49
Last Modified:12 Jun 2012 07:49

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