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Compulsion turns off pupils

Diana Kent says: "The striking feature of the findings is that demotivating factors have more significance for the pupils than motivating factors."

The Languages for All policy was rejected by pupils, she warns. "They found this unsatisfactory in that it obliges many, who have shown no interest and poor performance in S1 and S2, to continue for two more years. They saw the effect of this as impeding progress of those willing and able to get on with their language studies. This view was expressed by those with a good record of achievement and those who had not done well."

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