Language Education In French Primary Schools

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Language For many centuries French words were taken up into the English language. In the middle of the 20th Century there was a reversal of this trend and now it is estimated that between 1 and 5% of French words are Anglicisms (Mastin, 2011). Words like rosbif (roast beef) and oust (west) have been a part of the French language for hundreds of years yet more modern adoptions include le gadget, le cash-flow, le weekend, to name but a few. The Académie Française has lead a strong movement to protect the French language and culture from the onslaught of English. Laws have been passed to deter people from using Anglicisms and French replacements are encouraged such as le logiciel instead of le soft (software) and le disc audio-numérique instead…show more content…
France does not have any compulsory foreign language requirements at any level of schooling although English is provided in the school curricula as an optional language, together with many others including Spanish and German (EACEA, 2012). English is the most frequently learned second language (>96%) at secondary school level (EACEA, 2012) and a few English medium secondary schools offer primary and secondary education to international French residents (Berns et al,…show more content…
According to Coleman (2006) France is accepting the need for more English-medium universities where for a long time foreign policy tried to maintain French as an alternative lingua franca. Higher education institutions which provide diplomas in management, engineering and government also offer language classes, and learning a foreign language, usually English, is compulsory for most degrees (Berns et al. 2007). In the sciences, English is the medium of instruction while in business studies and engineering a high level of English is required. Foreign students at French universities still have to follow courses in French, not English (Berns et al,
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