Юлия Julia
Hello! I ask to answer people from different countries. I have a general question about learning a foreign language at secondary school: 1) Is learning a foreign language compulsory at school in your country? 2) What are the results? What can people say in foreign language after they have graduated from school? 3) Where are you from? For example: 1) in our schools a foreign language is as required as maths, or chemistry, or history, or literature, or geography, etc. You can’t skip lessons of foreign language. You will not get the document about education if you don’t learn a foreign language. 2) despite on this, the most of graduated pupils can say only “my name is …” and “London is the capital of Great Britain”. 3) I’m from Russia, I’m not from it’s capital Moscow. Thank you for your participation!
Learning a foreign language in your country…
… is compulsory, in general people speak fluently
… is compulsory, graduated people have 0–A1 level
… is not compulsory, we learn if we want to learn
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Nov 17, 2021 3:45 AM
Answers · 7
I'm from Pakistan. English is an official language here, so it is compulsory in all schools across the country. You may graduate from school, but you can't get into higher education without having English on your transcript. Pakistan's second official language is Urdu. However, for over 90% of the country, it is a second language. This is compulsory in schools too. In my home province of Sindh, Sindhi is yet another compulsory language. So, in that province, there are three compulsory languages at school. Urdu is the lingua franca of Pakistan and people speak it at home along with their own language, so they manage to keep speaking urdu for pretty much the rest of their lives. English, though, is a different matter. People can be highly educated and still struggle with English.
November 17, 2021
I am from Vietnam, my answer is the same your. English is a mandatory subject in school, we start to learn English at third year in primary school through the graduation in high school( at 18 years of age). The result is nothing as i am capable to introduce myself by some basic sentences, no more. We don’t talk English in conversations at all.
November 17, 2021
1. Foreign languages are offered throughout but are only compulsory from year 7 to 9 (age 11/12 to 13/14). Pupils can drop it after that if they want. The most common languages are French, German, Spanish. 2. Learning a foreign language isn't considered as important as the sciences, Maths and English. The result is some people maybe can say their name, age, where they come from. Many people remember nothing after they leave school. 3. I'm from England (Scotland and Northern Ireland have different education systems).
November 17, 2021
I live in Ontario, Canada, though I went to high school in the United States. In Ontario, students are required to learn French from grades 4–8 and also take at least one year of French in High School. There are options to go to French immersion schools here too, in the public school system. From my experience, many high school graduates, and even ones who went to immersion programs here have no confidence in French after graduating. In my city, Toronto, besides French, students are given the opportunity to study other languages in high school including Cantonese, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. In the United States of America where I went to school, there is no requirement for learning a secondary language. From statistics, only 1 in 5 American students study a secondary language. I studied Spanish all during high school and I think I learned a lot, but didn't feel confident in having any kind of conversation.
November 17, 2021
I am from Germany. Learning a foreign language is compulsory here, starting in elementary school. If you want to go to university, the expectation is that you have had lessons on two foreign languages at school. Most students start with English, but some also with French (e.g. along the French border, or because English is simple anyway). At university and in most white-collar jobs it is expected that you can read English documents, and also write to some degree. In blue-collar jobs speaking English is usually not so important. What you describe (people learn a language and remember almost nothing) was very typical for East Germans born before 1979, for whom Russian was the first foreign language at school. But English is easier to learn for Germans, and also easier to stay in contact with: e.g. via pop songs, when travelling, or when playing online multiplayer games.
November 17, 2021
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