The social learning company Surala recently conducted a survey into school children’s opinions of overseas.
Between the 1st and 20th of August 2015 480 children who used the Surala social learning service completed a survey offered after they logged into the Surala service. The sample was 55.6% male, 15.8% in primary school, 74.8% in middle school, and 9.4% in senior school.
Note that although the Surala service appears to be free to use, the sample is not going to be that representative of Japanese children overall, so care should be taken reading the results, especially, I think, the desire to learn and recognition of the necessity of foreign languages.
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Q1: Have you ever been for an overseas holiday? (Sample size=480)
Q1SQ: How old were you when you took your first overseas holiday? (Sample size=162)
|All||6.3 years old|
|Primary schoolers||5.2 years old|
|Middle schoolers||6.5 years old|
|High schoolers||6.9 years old|
Furthermore, those 162 who had been overseas had on average been overseas 3.6 times!
Q2: Do you want to go on an overseas holiday? (Sample size=480)
|Yes (to SQ)||72.9%|
|Perhaps (to SQ)||12.9%|
Q2SQ: Where do you most want to go on an overseas holiday? (Sample size=412, top five)
Q3: Would you like to acquire foreign language abilities? (Sample size=480)
|Yes (to SQ)||71.7%|
|Perhaps (to SQ)||20.4%|
Q3SQ: How would you like to acquire foreign language abilities? (Sample size=442, multiple answer)
|Lessons at school||54.8%|
|Language cram school||54.8%|
|Foreign study tour, homestay||34.0%|
|Language conversation school||24.0%|
|Skype online lessons||16.7%|
Q4: Outside of lessons at school, are you actually studying to acquiring foreign language abilities? (Sample size=480)
For those who said they wanted to go on an overseas holiday in Q2, 72.8% were taking additional measures to acquire a new language.
Q5: Do you think one needs to acquire foreign language abilities while at school? (Sample size=480)
| ||Needed||Perhaps needed||Not really needed||Not needed||No answer|