S3 Pupils' Career Aspirations and Views on Language Learning

Hannah Doughty, Joanna McPake, Scottish Executive Education Department (Funder)

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In May 2005, the Scottish Centre for Language Teaching and Research (SCILT) undertook a government-funded nationwide survey of approximately 1500 pupils in the S3 cohort of Scottish secondary schools. Pupils in 47 randomly selected Scottish secondary schools completed a questionnaire that explored their career aspirations and how these related to their views on language learning. The responses of S3 pupils are significant because the government's educational policy A Curriculum for Excellence is proposing to give pupils in this year group the opportunity to have a greater say in their subject choices. The findings provide useful indicators for government officials, head teachers, careers advisers and language teachers in Scottish secondary schools.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • language learning
  • motivation
  • scotland
  • language policy
  • secondary schools
  • career aspirations
  • subject choices
  • curriculum for excellence


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