Solving a problem like teaching languages in France

A recent report into language education in France suggests options for improvement, including teaching subjects like history in English. We speak to one of the report’s authors, UK-born journalist Alex Taylor

France could learn a lot about language education from other European countries such as Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.

That is one of the findings of an official report into language education in France published just after the start of the school year, which was co-authored by English journalist and polyglot Alex Taylor.

“The aim is to boost the level of pupils in English, and also in a second foreign language,” the government said when the report was published shortly after a Europe-wide survey. France ranked 15th out of 16 countries for teaching a main foreign language, and 12th for second foreign languages taught at school.

Euronews journalist Mr Taylor, who came to France in 1981 and is known for presenting multi-lingual news show Continentales on France 3 between 1990 and 1994, was drafted on to the report team ...

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