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ERIC Number: ED539375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 131
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2920-1003-4
ISSN: ISSN-1830-2076
Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe. 2008 Edition
Baidak, Nathalie; Parveva, Teodora
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
This second edition of "Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe" contains 44 indicators in five chapters entitled "Context," "Organisation," "Participation," "Teachers" and "Teaching Processes." It has been produced in collaboration with Eurostat and belongs to the "Key Data" series, the aim of which is to offer a body of concise clear information from a variety of sources, in the form of textual commentary combined with an extensive set of Figures. Given the importance attached to the teaching of languages in European cooperation, the Eurydice Network has undertaken to regularly publish an update of these indicators, while also ensuring that new ones may be included with due regard for the availability of relevant data and the interest expressed in new topics. The information from Eurydice covers many aspects of teacher training and the organisation of language teaching. It is especially concerned with the amount of compulsory taught time allocated to the latter, and with those languages--such as regional and minority languages--offered in the curriculum. The information also deals with methods of assessing language proficiency, as well as content and language integrated learning (CLIL), whether in terms of the type of provision available or the special qualifications that may be required of teachers. The present book contains several time series. They are taken from Eurydice and Eurostat sources and are particularly helpful in identifying trends related to certain aspects of language teaching in recent years and decades. For example, they enable one to ascertain whether and how far foreign languages are being taught as a compulsory subject at an increasingly early age in primary education, and whether the percentage of pupils and students learning English at primary and secondary levels is increasing. An overview entitled "main issues" at the beginning of the book offers readers a rapid guide to its key concerns. Figure B6 and B7: Status of CLIL type provision and languages on offer in primary and general secondary education, 2006/07 is appended. A glossary is included. (Contains 44 figures and 4 footnotes.)
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission. Available from EU Bookshop. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)