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Is developing employability skills relevant to adult language students?

Beaven, Tita (2016). Is developing employability skills relevant to adult language students? In: Corradini, Erika; Borthwick, Kate and Gallagher-Brett, Angela eds. Employability for languages: a handbook. Research-publishing.net, pp. 133–138.

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Abstract

Open University (OU) students are typically mature students who combine studying part-time with work or caring responsibilities; the average age of OU language students has been dropping, and about 30% of our new students are now under 25. The traditional view of adult learners who study languages is that they often study for pleasure or personal development, rather than for clear career goals. The current study investigated whether adult students found the development of employability skills as part of their language courses useful, and, if so, the development of which particularly key employability skills they valued most.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author
ISBN: 1-908416-37-8, 978-1-908416-37-7
Keywords: adult learners; motivation; aspiration; survey
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 48126
Depositing User: Tita Beaven
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 14:15
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 14:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48126
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