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I am currently studying Primary Education QTS and I am in my final year. During this year, I will be doing a research project based on my specialism (Modern Foreign Languages). I am interested in exploring the benefits and drawbacks of making Modern Foreign Languages compulsory and the effects it has on both the teachers and the pupils in the United Kingdom. To help me with this, I have made a questionnaire, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to fill out. I would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to complete it. Thank you

1. Do you teach Modern Foreign Languages?
2. What language/s do you teach?
3. How many times a week do you teach Modern Foreign Languages?
4. Are you confident teaching Modern Foreign Languages and why?
5. Do you think enough attention is given to Modern Foreign Languages in the classroom?
6. Do you think making Modern Foreign Languages compulsory is going to have a positive or negative effect on education and why?
7. What do you think the impacts are of learning Modern Foreign Languages for EAL students?
8. Do you think the skills learned in Modern Foreign Languages (such as communication, intercultural and interpersonal) help pupils in other subjects and how?
9. Do you believe teaching Modern Foreign Languages makes children more empathetic to other cultures and where have you seen this?
10. Are there any other comments you would like to express about Modern Foreign Languages?
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I am currently studying Primary Education QTS and I am in my final year. During this year, I will be doing a research project based on my specialism (Modern Foreign Languages). I am interested in exploring the benefits and drawbacks of making Modern Foreign Languages compulsory and the effects it has on both the teachers and the pupils in the United Kingdom. To help me with this, I have made a questionnaire, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to fill out.I would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to complete it. Thank you

1. Do you teach Modern Foreign Languages?
2. What language/s do you teach?
3. How many times a week do you teach Modern Foreign Languages?
4. Are you confident teach Modern Foreign Languages and why?
5. Do you think enough attention is given to Modern Foreign Languages in the classroom?
6. Do you think making Modern Foreign Languages compulsory is going to have a positive or negative effect on education and why?
7. What do you think the impacts are of learning Modern Foreign Languages for EAL students?
8. Do you think the skills learned in Modern Foreign Languages (such as communication, intercultural and interpersonal) help pupils in other subjects and how?
9. Do you believe teaching Modern Foreign Languages makes children more empathetic to other cultures and where have you seen this?
10. Are there any other comments you would like to express about Modern Foreign Languages?
1. No
2. None
3. I don't
4. No and the question doesn't make grammatical sense.
5. No. Because so many countries speak English, we've under-invested into the area of languages and this is shown by where it is compulsory in the national curriculum.
6. Any Education Reform has a short-term negative effect in my view because it caused disruption to teaching and learning.
7. I've seen it help them. Learning a new language can often help breach the gap between English and their native language.
8. Communication certainly. As a skill in life, not just other subjects. Effective communication with teachers will secure a better relationship and thus improved learning in that subject. As for the others, I don't feel as though there was much inter-cultural and inter-personal skills developed.:erm:
9. Yes. I know someone who has a great passion for French. She is far more well acquainted with French culture than I am.
10. I'm hopeless at it. It's easy to forget if you don't keep going with it.
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1. No
2. None
3. I don't
4. No and the question doesn't make grammatical sense.
5. No. Because so many countries speak English, we've under-invested into the area of languages and this is shown by where it is compulsory in the national curriculum.
6. Any Education Reform has a short-term negative effect in my view because it caused disruption to teaching and learning.
7. I've seen it help them. Learning a new language can often help breach the gap between English and their native language.
8. Communication certainly. As a skill in life, not just other subjects. Effective communication with teachers will secure a better relationship and thus improved learning in that subject. As for the others, I don't feel as though there was much inter-cultural and inter-personal skills developed.:erm:
9. Yes. I know someone who has a great passion for French. She is far more well acquainted with French culture than I am.
10. I'm hopeless at it. It's easy to forget if you don't keep going with it.
Thank you so much for your reply! You have made a great contribution to my project.
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1. Nope, I'm a student myself.

2. None :| Unless English counts.

3. None

4. I would be once I'm fluent in them.

5. Nope but they really should be given more attention and the teachers should be more enthusiastic to teach them rather than make them seem like a hassle, especially at primary standards.

6. It'd definitely have a positive effect. If you reach close to fluency in a certain foreign language, not only can you have an in-depth understanding of international histories and cultures of those particular languages, but you can also learn a lot about your own country. This makes history as a subject a lot more interesting. Being compulsory, students nor schools would take them lightly and invest slightly more into it than they do now. Other than that, it'll be useful for students looking to study abroad in the future and opens up a lot of future opportunities. So I say it's essential and definitely should be a compulsory part of traditional education systems.

7. As these students are already bilingual (or multilingual), learning a language other than English is only going to strengthen their English, among many other benefits. There are plenty of modern foreign languages that influenced the English language, the most prominent ones being German and French - ESL learners not only expose themselves to unique and different cultures but enhance their own perspective and point of view of the English language itself. I, myself, am an ESL student learning German and the biggest impact it had on me was the amount of similarities the two languages had and it made learning German all the more easier and interesting.

8. Like I've said in q. 7 and 6, there are plenty of Modern Foreign Languages that've influenced English as a language and culture a whole lot than we think - including it's grammatical structure, vocab., literature - as for other subjects, History and Geography as a whole were influenced since the main means of communication and treatises were in these very languages. They'll also help with many scientific terms and processes that pupils will come across often in Science. Theatrics and music have also been heavily influenced from the same - and the pupils will definitely notice it once they become aware! Particularly more at university or secondary school level.

9. Yes, definitely. If children knew more about the countries where these languages originated from, they'd definitely empathize with the ones that deserve it or are going through a troubled phase, whether that be in the present or the past - if the children become aware at an early age, and empathize accordingly, then that'd definitely shape them into more responsible and educated young adults. Especially towards many minority cultures and communities that often get ignored.

10. Just that they should be focused on a lot more. Since there are so many countries that speak the same Modern Foreign Language. It's only advantageous to learn them! And learning them also opens up many doors to a great academic future - whether that be in university life or during secondary school. Students can experience so many different cultures when abroad and what better way to do it than in their own native tongue?
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1. Nope, I'm a student myself.

2. None :| Unless English counts.

3. None

4. I would be once I'm fluent in them.

5. Nope but they really should be given more attention and the teachers should be more enthusiastic to teach them rather than make them seem like a hassle, especially at primary standards.

6. It'd definitely have a positive effect. If you reach close to fluency in a certain foreign language, not only can you have an in-depth understanding of international histories and cultures of those particular languages, but you can also learn a lot about your own country. This makes history as a subject a lot more interesting. Being compulsory, students nor schools would take them lightly and invest slightly more into it than they do now. Other than that, it'll be useful for students looking to study abroad in the future and opens up a lot of future opportunities. So I say it's essential and definitely should be a compulsory part of traditional education systems.

7. As these students are already bilingual (or multilingual), learning a language other than English is only going to strengthen their English, among many other benefits. There are plenty of modern foreign languages that influenced the English language, the most prominent ones being German and French - ESL learners not only expose themselves to unique and different cultures but enhance their own perspective and point of view of the English language itself. I, myself, am an ESL student learning German and the biggest impact it had on me was the amount of similarities the two languages had and it made learning German all the more easier and interesting.

8. Like I've said in q. 7 and 6, there are plenty of Modern Foreign Languages that've influenced English as a language and culture a whole lot than we think - including it's grammatical structure, vocab., literature - as for other subjects, History and Geography as a whole were influenced since the main means of communication and treatises were in these very languages. They'll also help with many scientific terms and processes that pupils will come across often in Science. Theatrics and music have also been heavily influenced from the same - and the pupils will definitely notice it once they become aware! Particularly more at university or secondary school level.

9. Yes, definitely. If children knew more about the countries where these languages originated from, they'd definitely empathize with the ones that deserve it or are going through a troubled phase, whether that be in the present or the past - if the children become aware at an early age, and empathize accordingly, then that'd definitely shape them into more responsible and educated young adults. Especially towards many minority cultures and communities that often get ignored.

10. Just that they should be focused on a lot more. Since there are so many countries that speak the same Modern Foreign Language. It's only advantageous to learn them! And learning them also opens up many doors to a great academic future - whether that be in university life or during secondary school. Students can experience so many different cultures when abroad and what better way to do it than in their own native tongue?
Thank you so much for taking your time to fill in my questionnaire! Your response is terrific and has given me great insight into Modern Foreign Languages!
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1. I'm a prospective student of Modern Languages (2018, mature student) but have studied in the past at night class so these first few don't apply.

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5. Although it was compulsory from year 7-9 for me, it was never stressed as important and very little was done to try to get students interested in learning it (because we were never assessed, people used the lesson to mostly mess around, which is disappointing). From what I gather in England the expectation is that most people speak English so why should we bother? I believe more should be done to get people interested.

6. Making it compulsory doesn't make people interested but it does make it more important that students make an effort (so as to get a good grade). I think tackling the thought behind 'everyone speaks English' is much more important to getting more people interested. I do think it will have a positive effect though as it opens up new ways of thinking to students as well as opening up more opportunities for travel and studying abroad for those who take it seriously.

7. Bilingual students from what I can tell often find it easier to learn a third language due to the fact they have already mastered the ways of language learning. However I think with languages it does depend on the individual as you get back what you put in to it. The people who put in effort will always be the ones who benefit.

8. Definitely! On a personal level, learning another language helped me by opening up a whole new way of thinking as well as making me much more confident. Study skills used in learning languages often cross over into other subjects and the revision needed for languages made me a lot more organised. I would say that as a whole, language learning needs motivation and for the people who learn that motivation it can help them in other subjects or in work.

9. Yes, I believe that languages are often a reflection of the culture. They often have different ways of expressing things which means that to learn a language it's often important to get into that culture's mindset. I think that getting interested in that culture helps with motivation to learn the language and vice versa. Language students that I've met tend to adopt that mindset alongside their own.

10. I think that languages open up many doors to people and that a lot more should be done in England to help students understand that from an early age. I do think though that just making it compulsory will not particularly make students motivated. Maybe by teaching students also about the culture of the place a language is spoken will make them more motivated to learn said language. Also by showing them the many things they can do with said languages in the future as that is something that was never done when I was in school thus making it seem pointless. I do also believe that students should have more of a choice of what language they would like to learn as this was never the case with me (until I went into a chosen language at a later age).
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Thank you so much for taking your time to fill in my questionnaire! Your response is terrific and has given me great insight into Modern Foreign Languages!
No problem and you're always welcome! I feel very passionate about the subject so I don't mind at all and find questionnaires like these the best kind! Thanks to you for the questions!
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No problem and you're always welcome! I feel very passionate about the subject so I don't mind at all and find questionnaires like these the best kind! Thanks to you for the questions!
ahah always great to find someone with a similar passion
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1. I'm a prospective student of Modern Languages (2018, mature student) but have studied in the past at night class so these first few don't apply.

2. -

3. -

4. -

5. Although it was compulsory from year 7-9 for me, it was never stressed as important and very little was done to try to get students interested in learning it (because we were never assessed, people used the lesson to mostly mess around, which is disappointing). From what I gather in England the expectation is that most people speak English so why should we bother? I believe more should be done to get people interested.

6. Making it compulsory doesn't make people interested but it does make it more important that students make an effort (so as to get a good grade). I think tackling the thought behind 'everyone speaks English' is much more important to getting more people interested. I do think it will have a positive effect though as it opens up new ways of thinking to students as well as opening up more opportunities for travel and studying abroad for those who take it seriously.

7. Bilingual students from what I can tell often find it easier to learn a third language due to the fact they have already mastered the ways of language learning. However I think with languages it does depend on the individual as you get back what you put in to it. The people who put in effort will always be the ones who benefit.

8. Definitely! On a personal level, learning another language helped me by opening up a whole new way of thinking as well as making me much more confident. Study skills used in learning languages often cross over into other subjects and the revision needed for languages made me a lot more organised. I would say that as a whole, language learning needs motivation and for the people who learn that motivation it can help them in other subjects or in work.

9. Yes, I believe that languages are often a reflection of the culture. They often have different ways of expressing things which means that to learn a language it's often important to get into that culture's mindset. I think that getting interested in that culture helps with motivation to learn the language and vice versa. Language students that I've met tend to adopt that mindset alongside their own.

10. I think that languages open up many doors to people and that a lot more should be done in England to help students understand that from an early age. I do think though that just making it compulsory will not particularly make students motivated. Maybe by teaching students also about the culture of the place a language is spoken will make them more motivated to learn said language. Also by showing them the many things they can do with said languages in the future as that is something that was never done when I was in school thus making it seem pointless. I do also believe that students should have more of a choice of what language they would like to learn as this was never the case with me (until I went into a chosen language at a later age).
Thank you so much for taking your time to fill in this questionnaire. You have definitely made me look at this in a slightly different angle and I will be highlighting some of the points you made in my final submission so thank you!
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Thank you so much for taking your time to fill in this questionnaire. You have definitely made me look at this in a slightly different angle and I will be highlighting some of the points you made in my final submission so thank you!
No problem, I'm very passionate about my chosen subject and wish I'd have been persuaded how useful it was when I was in school!
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(Original post by lucydavies89)
I am currently studying Primary Education QTS and I am in my final year. During this year, I will be doing a research project based on my specialism (Modern Foreign Languages). I am interested in exploring the benefits and drawbacks of making Modern Foreign Languages compulsory and the effects it has on both the teachers and the pupils in the United Kingdom. To help me with this, I have made a questionnaire, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to fill out. I would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to complete it. Thank you

1. Do you teach Modern Foreign Languages? I used to using LA Jolie Ronde
2. What language/s do you teach? English, French & Spanish
3. How many times a week do you teach Modern Foreign Languages? I used to teach part time then all week.
4. Are you confident teaching Modern Foreign Languages and why? Yes especially to primary because use songs, music, movement, actions, drama
5. Do you think enough attention is given to Modern Foreign Languages in the classroom? Not sure but know if but boring not interesting
6. Do you think making Modern Foreign Languages compulsory is going to have a positive or negative effect on education and why? Yes I think helps as good for the Brain to learn another language.
7. What do you think the impacts are of learning Modern Foreign Languages for EAL students?
8. Do you think the skills learned in Modern Foreign Languages (such as communication, intercultural and interpersonal) help pupils in other subjects and how? Yes can help with geography, travel, culture.
9. Do you believe teaching Modern Foreign Languages makes children more empathetic to other cultures and where have you seen this? Yes I do. Same abroad as well.
10. Are there any other comments you would like to express about Modern Foreign Languages? I think if it’s fun want to do it. That’s why so many people learn English for Anglo/American films/music
Hi Lucy, Congrats and good luck. Great project much needed. I was teaching with la jolie ronde as didn’t get into the secondary course. However may apply in further not sure.
1. Yes I did used to volunteer in schools to get experience, in primaries and nurseries teaching la jolie ronde. Looking at teacher training.
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