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Re: Obligatory French at primary school

I was forced (by the school and parents) to learn French from Grade 1 as well as german (by the parents). Continued them both for 13 years, and disliked it very much--that being said, I appreciate having had both, as it makes things slightly easier in German-only, or French-only situations. As for job prospects (the main motivation my parents forced the extra languages), English is the only working language I have so some could describe it as a waste in my situation, but on the other hand, I'm just not good at learning languages so it could just also be an outlier point.
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Re: Obligatory French at primary school

You said you wanted to understand it from a kids point of view, well, I am a kid who has moved from England to Switzerland at the age of 14. I was way ahead of my class in French in England but I got here and everyone is almost fluent. Whatever they do, it works and it gives students a massive advantage over anyone else in the world. They are fluent in French and English almost by the age of 15. This enables them to work in different parts of their country as well as different parts of the world. This opens up so many job oppurtunities for them. The English speaking population believes it is a waste of time to learn other languages as everyone speaks English so, yes, languages in schools are deteriorating due to that fact. Switzerland is unique in the amount it gets its students to learn. I have improved greatly in the languages department since I moved here only 4 months ago and I think the swiss approach to languages is unique and like no other. It is special and it really works. I know that I have an advantage over a large amount of the population now as universities will take into account things like the knowledge of other languages and if you get into a good university, you get a better job and things just keep coming.

Nothing about the Swiss approach should be changed in my opinion.
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Re: Obligatory French at primary school

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You said you wanted to understand it from a kids point of view, well, I am a kid who has moved from England to Switzerland at the age of 14. I was way ahead of my class in French in England but I got here and everyone is almost fluent. Whatever they do, it works and it gives students a massive advantage over anyone else in the world. They are fluent in French and English almost by the age of 15. This enables them to work in different parts of their country as well as different parts of the world. This opens up so many job oppurtunities for them. The English speaking population believes it is a waste of time to learn other languages as everyone speaks English so, yes, languages in schools are deteriorating due to that fact. Switzerland is unique in the amount it gets its students to learn. I have improved greatly in the languages department since I moved here only 4 months ago and I think the swiss approach to languages is unique and like no other. It is special and it really works. I know that I have an advantage over a large amount of the population now as universities will take into account things like the knowledge of other languages and if you get into a good university, you get a better job and things just keep coming.

Nothing about the Swiss approach should be changed in my opinion.
Good for you, glad things are working out so well.
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Re: Obligatory French at primary school

Of course in Romandie we have compulsory German lessons at primary school, followed by English.

Don't forget that one of the main industries in CH is tourism, and all three languages are needed for the best jobs.

Great post Zarzee - and bravo One thing people do not always realise, is that learning languages develops your brain in a unique way which is hugely beneficial in other academic subjects. The world is your oyster Z

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