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ERIC Number: ED140641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Pages: 31
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EFL in Belgian Elementary Schools. Some Remarks in the Light of a Flemish Experiment.
Spoelders, Marc
Belgium is a multilingual country divided into three linguistic areas: (1) the Flemish-Netherlandic speaking area in Flanders; (2) the French-speaking area in Wallonia; and (3) the German-speaking area in the East of Wallonia. An educational experiment on English as a foreign language (EFL) in the primary school was undertaken at the Educational Laboratory of the State University of Ghent in Flanders. As French had been introduced in the curriculum several years earlier, English became the second foreign language. This EFL experiment is analyzed along with the general trend of foreign language teaching in Belgium. Several conclusions were reached: (1) only one foreign language should have a central place in the elementary curriculum; (2) the choice of foreign language(s) should be based on rational criteria; (3) larger parts of the language communities in Belgium no longer regard the mutual native languages as second languages; (4) many Flemings need an active knowledge of several foreign languages and English could become the instrument not only for international but also for intranational communication; (5) French should no longer maintain its non-competitive position, so that parents might choose between English and French in the elementary school; and (6) teachers must use suitable teaching methods in order to increase motivation in their students. (CFM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium