ERIC Number: ED381014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Vivre Babel au quotidien (Living Babel Every Day).
A discussion of multilingualism in Switzerland begins with a description of the country's linguistic characteristics. Historical Swiss policy recognizing four official languages, one of which (Romansch) is spoken by very few people, is compared with the current situation in which internal and external migration and multilingualism are common. The minimal role of the schools in helping manage this situation is criticized, but increased efforts to improve education's role are noted, particularly in the areas of bilingual education and language immersion. Three educational models are described briefly. The first allows students to repeat their last year of compulsory schooling in another area of the country. The second model focuses on maintenance of Romansch. The third is two-way bilingual education. Based on current conditions and predicted trends, some possible directions for Switzerland are explored. (MSE)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, French, German, Immersion Programs, Italian, Language Maintenance, Language Role, Models, Multilingualism, Official Languages, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Institut romand de recherches et de documentation pedagogiques (IRDP), Case postale 54, CH - 2007 Neuchatel 7, Switzerland (Swiss Francs 4.-).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institut Romand de Recherches et de Documentation Pedagogiques, Neuchatel (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland