ERIC Number: ED100142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Modern Languages in School.
Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
The Committee for General and Technical Education of the Council of Europe commissioned a comparative study of modern language teaching in European primary and secondary schools, the results of which are presented here. School systems and plans of primary and secondary education in the 21 member states of the CCC are reviewed, along with the languages taught and types of programs used; and the statistics are charted in tables. Frequency and length of language periods in schools are also diagrammed; there is considerable variation in years of study and periods per week, depending on the number of languages taught and the school's emphasis. The average number of pupils per class in all countries ranged between 20 and 30. Everywhere, a main aim of modern language teaching was to give students a practical working knowledge of a language for better international communication and understanding. Efforts are being made to modernize language instruction, and five methods are being used by teachers; grammatical (on the point of disappearing from the schools), direct or oral, modified direct, audiovisual and applied linguistics or structural. Final examinations, teacher training and future aims are noted, and appendices include a questionnaire and Council of Europe resolutions on expansion and improvement of language teaching. (CK)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Audiovisual Instruction, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Instruction, Modern Language Curriculum, Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Languages
Council of Europe, Secretariat General, 67006 Strasbourg, France ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).