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School system, followed by mothers are most influential on language learning choices

A small study carried out by DG Interpretation among friends of Interpreting for Europe on Facebookexternal link showed that for native English speakers, the school system and mothers were the most powerful influencers on language learning choices in school.


Main conclusions were:

  • The school system is the most influential factor on learners of foreign languages. Even among very young children, it is more influential than parents.
  • The younger the child, the more influential the parents, especially mothers.
  • Teachers are consistently influential on young peoples' decisions to learn languages. This was corroborated by the comments we received, as 87 people (17.98%) stated that teachers or tutors had encouraged or inspired them to learn foreign languages.
  • When languages are taught from a young age, teachers are more influential on students' decisions.

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