The Research of Latvian Language Competence of Secondary Education Institution Graduates for Career Development

Zenta Anspoka

Abstract

The topicality of the research is related to the goal of education to help a pupil to become a proficient language user who has acquired not only the basic skills of the language, but also understanding of the role of the Latvian language as the state language in the integration of the society, formation of national identity and cultural-historical heritage preservation. The aim of the study is to analyse Latvian language competence of graduates of Latvian language of instruction, minority secondary education institutions and state gymnasiums of Kurzeme, Latgale and Riga for their readiness for further career development. The methodology of the research is the outcome of the career development and sociolinguistic and linguo-didactic theories, which are based on the cognitive constructivist approach. The results of the empirical research are obtained from 409 texts of judgments systematized in the balanced corpus of modern Latvian language texts within the framework of the National Research Programme “Latvian Language” (No VPP-IZM-2018/2-0002). Language competence of graduates from secondary education institutions is low. It is affected by the linguistic environment, attitude towards language as an economic and social value, its...Continue Reading

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