Boys in our educational system (UK) generally have less favourable attitudes towards foreign language learning than girls and are less likely to take a language in a public examination. It was hypothesised that German might have a more masculine "image" than French and that this might render it more attractive and acceptable to male students. However, it was found in an empirical study that although German did have a more masculine image, it was nevertheless generally perceived as less interesting, more difficult and less useful than French. It was concluded that the association between "gender image" and language is less powerful than the association between language and certain socio-linguistic factors such as nationalism.
|Publication status||Published - 1987|
- Learng German
- language and nationalism
- gender and language learning