ERIC Number: ED317070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Teaching of Languages in the European Community.
Martin-Bletsas, Jean, Ed.
Data on modern language instruction in each member country of the European Community are presented, largely in tabular form with some narrative. The number of tables provided for each country varies according to educational system, and data are arranged to facilitate comparison between countries. The conclusions of the Council of the European Community and the ministers of education meeting within the Council in June 1984 are appended. A summary of main points drawn from the data includes the following: There is little provision for language teaching at the primary level, and instruction is usually by a general primary teacher with little language teaching qualification; the majority of students in all countries can study at least one language from the beginning of secondary education; the most widespread first foreign language is English or, in English-speaking countries, French; in most countries, pupils can learn a second foreign language, although not usually from the first year of secondary education; the choices available for second language study are usually German, Spanish, Italian, English, and French; in some member states, students can learn a third foreign language; the secondary level teacher is a specialist in at least one language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EURYDICE Central Unit, Brussels (Belgium).
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Denmark; France; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Scotland); West Germany