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Thinking of taking a language in year 11 and 12? Here’s what you need to know


Hennebry-Leung, M and Bown, A and Short, M, Thinking of taking a language in year 11 and 12? Here's what you need to know, The Conversation, Australia, 2 August 2021, pp. 1-3. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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This article is part of a series providing school students with evidence-based advice for choosing subjects in their senior years.

Some students elect to study languages in their senior years because of personal interest, or because they have previously been successful in language learning. Others may choose to do so because of future career plans, or because they wish to further their studies at university.

Other important influences on students’ decisions are perceived cognitive benefits. Studying languages can lead to more effective thinking skills and enhanced intercultural understanding.

Research shows high achieving students in capital cities are most likely to study a language in years 11 and 12. This is particularly the case for students whose parents were born overseas in non-English speaking countries.

Girls are more likely to do languages than boys — research suggests they are just more motivated to do so.

If you’re thinking of studying a language in years 11 and 12, here’s what you should know.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:language education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Secondary education
UTAS Author:Hennebry-Leung, M (Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung)
UTAS Author:Bown, A (Dr Andy Bown)
UTAS Author:Short, M (Dr Megan Short)
ID Code:145711
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-08-03
Last Modified:2021-08-04

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