Social stratification in language learning in the UK: a large scale study
Join us for this seminar with Dr Ursula Lanvers. She will discuss her research examining foreign language learning uptake and learner outcomes across the UK.
In this seminar, Dr Ursula Lanvers will discuss the implications for language policy, both at national and school level.
A large scale study investigating foreign language learning uptake and learner outcomes across the UK was conducted in relation to socio-economic status variables gender and type of school attended. Large data from the Centre for Evaluation and Measurement were sourced for this purpose.
The results reveal that socio-economic status significantly relates to foreign language uptake, both for year 10 and A level. These results did not relate to socio-economic status.
Furthermore, in both state and independent schools, we could replicate the above socio-economic status patterns. Gender patterns in uptake and learner outcomes, however, differed between independent and state schools.