Glenn Wharton (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is Associate Professor at Singapore Management University, Singapore.
Language Learning Interest at a New Management University in Multilingual Singapore
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2005 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 544–551, December 2005
How to Cite
Wharton, G. (2005), Language Learning Interest at a New Management University in Multilingual Singapore. Foreign Language Annals, 38: 544–551. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2005.tb02521.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
- language planning;
Abstract: The purpose of this article is fourfold: first, to report on a university-wide survey assessing demand among bilingual undergraduates for foreign language study in a management university in Singapore; second, to determine those factors influencing students' foreign language choice and also those influencing decisions not to pursue foreign language study; third, to discuss how the results contribute to curricular planning for foreign language provision; and fourth, to provide readers with a non-U.S. or European perspective on the issues of foreign language learning interest and choice. Using an online survey, results from 708 respondents indicated that, although already bilingual, an overwhelming majority demanded more opportunities for foreign language study, particularly for Japanese, French, and Spanish. Students' primary motivations were a desire to learn about the target culture and enhance employment marketability.