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