The UK Subject Centre for Languages has identified and classified more than 700 reasons to study languages and concluded that the strongest of these reasons are the personal benefits and enjoyment that people gain from learning a language.
The research project has created a taxonomy of reasons for language learning to provide information that could be used for the purposes of curriculum and course development. Download the entire research report.
The UK Subject Centre for Languages released a research report with more than 700 rationales for language learning.
These cover themes such as citizenship; communication; economic, social and political dimensions; democracy; diversity; employability; environmental sustainability; equal opportunities; globalisation; identity; intercultural competence; international dimension; key skills; language awareness; mobility; multilingualism; personal and social development of the individual and values.
Learners who participated in the project were found to give high importance to the personal value of language study. Languages were associated with enjoyment; personal benefits such as employability, communication and mobility; an appreciation of culture and enhanced relationships (both personal and political).
- Learners were, however, less sure about how far languages might be strategically important for the UK and EU, says Michael Kelly, Director of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.
Modern tower of Babel of learning languages and communicating with people Babe. Photo: Open source illustration from the Russian magazine Secret Firmy.
The 700 reasons for studying languages have been grouped into 70 different key areas in which languages make a difference, each area identified by a keyword. They are available in an online searchable database of reasons, which can be freely accessed on the subject at the Centre website at: http://www.llas.ac.uk/700reasons
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