CHILD’S PLAY

Living France - - À La Maison -

Pri­mary school chil­dren in France will be en­cour­aged to watch car­toons in English as part of a govern­ment drive to im­prove their abil­ity to speak for­eign lan­guages. Other rec­om­men­da­tions in the govern­ment’s re­port also in­clude teach­ing a range of sub­jects in­clud­ing science, his­tory and maths in English, and other lan­guages. Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries are con­sid­ered to lead the way when it comes to learn­ing a for­eign lan­guage, and French ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Jean-Michel Blan­quer be­lieves this is due to watch­ing English tele­vi­sion pro­grammes and films in their orig­i­nal ver­sion. The re­port also sug­gested in­creas­ing bilin­gual classes and ‘Euro­pean’ sec­tions in schools, as well as in­tro­duc­ing pre­uni­ver­sity in­ter­na­tional lan­guage cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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