Higher Education Institutions without Foreign Language Continuity

Slavica Cepon


This article attempts to fill a research gap in the literature where there is no research in the available literature on the general foreign language/foreign-language-for-specific-purposes discontinuity at the secondary/tertiary interface. The article reports on the findings of a study that aimed to acquire the opinions of the teachers of foreign languages for specific purposes regarding various approaches to managing a general foreign language/foreign-language-for-specific-purposes transition period. Namely, at some European, including Slovenian, institutions of higher education there is no foreign language instruction for first-year students. As a consequence, discontinuity at this crucial secondary/tertiary interface may give rise to general foreign language attrition - an obstacle to subsequent foreign-language-for-specific-purposes learning in higher education. The results of in-depth interviews with 29 teachers point towards grammar in the second year as a factor interconnecting interrupted general foreign language instruction with foreign languages for specific purposes.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/elt.v5n8p31

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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