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The English language needs of young adults in Europe - research project


The English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe: student and teacher perceptions

A survey undertaken by Northumbria University and King's College London.
Project funded by the British Council English Language Teaching Research Partnership Awards.

 

Project summary

The overall purpose of this project is to explore the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe. In this project, we define ‘young adults’ as being aged between 18-24.

The project therefore aims to:

The main questions we are trying to answer are:

  1. How do 18-24 year old ELT students in Europe perceive their English-language needs and priorities, in particular in relation to: the ways in which they use English now and may use English in the future; appropriate models of English (e.g., British, US, international); English and online communication; and the relationship between English and their sense of identity?
  2. How do English language teachers in Europe perceive the English-language needs and priorities of their 18-24 year old students, in particular in relation to: the ways in which they use English now and may use English in the future; appropriate models of English (e.g., British, US, international); English and online; and the relationship between English and their sense of identity?
  3. Is there a ‘gap' between students and teachers with regard to these perceived needs and priorities?
  4. Do students and teachers perceptions of English-language needs and priorities differ in founder, recently acceding, and candidate EU member states in Europe?
  5. Do students and teachers perceptions of English-language needs and priorities differ between participants working/studying in private and public sector institutions?
  6. What are the implications of questions a)-e) for ELT professionals and other stakeholders in Europe and in the EU?

Thus, this research project aims to provide a broad summary of current student and teacher perceptions of the contemporary English language needs of young adults in Europe, and the implications of this for ELT.

If you are an English language teacher (i.e., ELT / TESOL) working in Europe, you can help by completing a short questionnaire which should take you approximately twenty minutes. Find out more >>

If you are a young adult (18-24 years old) English language learner in Europe, and/or a young adult in Europe who uses English as a second, additional or foreign language, or as an international Lingua Franca, you can help by completing a short questionnaire which should take you approximately twenty minutes. Find out more >>