goo Research recently conducted a survey into overseas travel and language learning, the highlights of which japan.internet.com published.
Between the 7th and 9th of November 2012 1,094 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.2% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.3% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.4% in their forties, 15.6% in their fifties, and 12.0% aged sixty or older.
I too much specify a preference for real books and real language schools, which leads me to think that perhaps there is an age bias in this survey. The figures were not reported, but older people tend to travel overseas more (I think…), thus older people would tend to be more wedded to 20th century technology, thus the bias away from virtual learning?
Since I’m mentioning online learning, I’ll put in a good word for Tofugu; he offers online Japanese courses along with his rather entertaining blog.
Q1: Have you been abroad within the last five years? (Sample size=1,094)
Yes (to SQ1) 34.5% No 65.5%
Q1SQ1: Did you take English lessons in preparation for this travel? (Sample size=377)
Yes (to SQ2) 17.2% Didn’t travel to English-speaking country 18.6% No 64.2%
Combining these two we get:
Q1+Q1SQ1: Did you take English lessons in preparation for overseas travel within the last five years? (Sample size=1,094)
Yes 5.9% Didn’t travel to English-speaking country 6.4% No 22.1% Haven’t travelled abroad within the last five years 65.5%
Q1SQ2: How did you study English? (Sample size=65)
Books 28 Language school 19 Online lessons 14 Radio 14 PC software 13 From friends 10 Home tutor 9 Smartphone app 9 Nintendo DS, Sony PSP game 8 Work, school language learning support service 6 Other 10