Paper books, physical language schools still most popular for English learning


Did you take English lessons before overseas travel? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently conducted a survey into overseas travel and language learning, the highlights of which 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.

Research results

Q1: Have you been abroad within the last five years? (Sample size=1,094)

Yes (to SQ1)34.5%

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 country18.6%

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)

Didn’t travel to English-speaking country6.4%
Haven’t travelled abroad within the last five years65.5%

Q1SQ2: How did you study English? (Sample size=65)

Language school19
Online lessons14
PC software13
From friends10
Home tutor9
Smartphone app9
Nintendo DS, Sony PSP game8
Work, school language learning support service6
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