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France: Earlier foreign language learning

In March 2015, the Education Minister announced that from September 2016, all pupils will begin learning a foreign language in the first year of school, aged six. They will begin to learn a further foreign language in the second year of lower secondary education, aged 12-13, a year earlier than is now the case. The latter change forms part of a wider programme of improvement of learning and achievement in the first four years of secondary school (collège) for students aged 11-15.

Collège: Mieux Apprendre pour Mieux Réussir
Ministry of Education, France

Also see the Eurydice website for further information, in English, on the improvement programme 

This article appears in the latest issue of Education in the News

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Last updated 13 March 2015

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