Language diversity in multicultural Europe - Comparative perspectives on immigrant minority languages at home and at school||
How can multilingualism be encouraged for children in a multicultural Europe?
1 In the primary school curriculum three languages are introduced for all children:
- the standard language of the particular nation-state as a major school subject and language of communication across other school subjects;
- English as lingua franca for international communication;
- an additional third language opted from a variable and varied set of priority languages at the national, regional, and local level of the multicultural society.
2 The teaching of all these languages is part of the regular school curriculum and subject to educational inspection.
3 Regular primary school reports contain information on the children’s proficiency in each of these languages.
4 National working programs are established for the priority languages referred to under (1) in order to develop curricula, teaching methods, and teacher training programs.
5 Part of these priority languages may be taught at specialized language schools.
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