MIAMI, June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lingoda, the leading online language school, recently released a new report on inclusive language learning. For this in-depth study, Lingoda collected quantitative data from 1,385 language learners to measure the importance of learning an inclusive language when learning a new language. The Lingoda study found that people’s awareness and importance of gender-neutral language may vary by gender, country, and situational context. Here are some of the most interesting findings from the report.
Women are generally more familiar with inclusive language than men
Respondents who identify as women indicated that they are more familiar with gender-inclusive language than respondents who identify as men. The women interviewed also attach greater importance to it, on certain aspects with significant differences. The gender difference is largest (14 percentage points) when it comes to raising children (49% women, 35% men), followed by 13 points difference within the education system (55% women, 42% men) and 12 points difference in daily life (46% women, 34% men).
Language learners in the United States are more familiar with gender-neutral language
About 57% of US-based language learners in the survey said they had moderate to high familiarity with gender-neutral language. Of all respondents, only 44% reported this level of awareness, compared to 49% of students in France and 44% of students in Germany.
An in-depth examination of various aspects of life revealed that survey respondents in the United States were the most likely to agree or even strongly agree on the importance of gender-neutral language in the daily and professional life, and within the education system.
It is only when it comes to raising children that respondents in Germany are slightly ahead: 48% consider it important, compared to 45% of study participants in the United States.
55% of US-based language learners consider gender-neutral language in the education system important
Lingoda’s study found that more than half of US-based language learners think it’s important to teach a gender-neutral language in the education system. This compares to 29% of respondents who agreed with this idea overall. Even so, while 64% of US-based female respondents agreed with this idea, only 36% of US-based male respondents agreed.
To learn more about Lingoda’s Inclusive Language Learning Survey, the full report is available here.
For this study, Lingoda collected quantitative data from 1,385 language learners on the platform. All students had a currently active Lingoda account and could participate in the survey through the My Courses area.
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