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La Grande Illusion : why Scottish further education has failed to grasp the potential of modern languages

Doughty, Hannelore (2011) La Grande Illusion : why Scottish further education has failed to grasp the potential of modern languages. Scottish Languages Review (23). pp. 7-14. ISSN 1756-039X

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Abstract

The most recently available data from the Scottish Qualifications Authority show that modern language provision in the Scottish further education sector is on the verge of a total collapse. Building on previous research by Doughty (2005) and Bourdieu’s concept of habitus this article shows how the self-perpetuating belief that ‘English is enough’ has unintentionally affected data that are used to inform the content of vocational qualifications. The taken-for-granted assumptions underlying the data collection methods are challenged and some alternative conceptualisations are proposed regarding the role of modern languages in vocational education and society.

Item type: Article
ID code: 37787
Notes: The article was cited in the report commissioned by the British Academy (2013) 'Languages: The State of the Nation'
Keywords: further education, labour market surveys, language statistics, relevance, habitus, Theory and practice of education, Language and Linguistics, Education
Subjects: Education > Theory and practice of education
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 10:29
Last modified: 15 Apr 2015 10:44
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/37787

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