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Modern foreign language learning and European citizenship in the Irish context


Hennebry, M, Modern foreign language learning and European citizenship in the Irish context, Irish Educational Studies, 30, (1) pp. 83-112. ISSN 0332-3315 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03323315.2011.535978


This paper presents some of the findings of a study investigating young people's attitudes towards Europe and the European Union and their self-reported learning about European citizenship in Ireland. The paper considers adolescentsí attitudes and motivations for language learning in light of recent literature arguing for the role of modern foreign language instruction in the teaching of European citizenship. Findings based on the results of a knowledge test regarding the rights and opportunities offered through European citizenship are also included. Data provide evidence that Irish students possess more knowledge than their counterparts in England, Spain and France on the subject, while showing more positive attitudes than other students. The paper considers the contribution of modern foreign language teaching to this knowledge and their positive attitudes, drawing some possible inferences for other European member states.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:European citizenship, modern foreign languages, 14 year old students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Hennebry, M (Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung)
ID Code:140220
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-07-31
Last Modified:2020-08-18

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