LINGUIST List 31.2266

Tue Jul 14 2020

Qs: Third-age Language Learning Needs Questionnaire

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 14-Jul-2020
From: Louisa Richter <>
Subject: Third-age Language Learning Needs Questionnaire
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Recent studies seem to show language learning might have positive effects on the brain. This might mean language learning could be used as a tool for healthy ageing. However, more research is needed. This is why the University of Groningen has started a big study investigating language learning in seniors. As part of this study we are interested in the language learning needs of seniors, in order to develop efficient teaching materials for language courses specifically designed for seniors.

To find out what these language learning needs are and how seniors believe the ideal language course to be, we developed a questionnaire. It takes approximately 20 min to fill out the survey and you must be 65 or older to participate.

The questionnaire is available in 4 languages:





If you have any questions, feel free to message Louisa Richter ( or Mara van der Ploeg (

Please share this questionnaire with anyone you know above 65 so that we learn more about the language learning needs of seniors and courses can be designed around these needs.

Thank you,

Louisa Richter

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

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