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ERIC Number: ED404843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Le francais en Flandre (French in Flanders).
Clijsters, W.
The role of the French language in Flanders, a region of Belgium, is described. First, the region's characteristics are summarized, including its size, population, language distribution, economy, exports, and vacation migration patterns. Next, Belgium's overall linguistic situation, in which each of three regions has its own language, is outlined and attitudes toward the French language are considered. It is suggested that motivation for learning French in Flanders is more professional than social or cultural. However, fewer people are passing the standardized French examination, and French is ranked third in popularity as a second language, after English and German. French language instruction in Flemish elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education is described briefly, and the language's current status in Flemish society as a whole is sketched. It is concluded that while French language instruction is not inferior to that of other major languages, the motivation to learn it appears to have declined in favor of English, which does not carry the same historical or cultural connotations. It is proposed that if the language's role is to improve, it must be stimulated, particularly through international cooperative programs. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: French
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium