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“An exotic language”: when German students desert French lessons

2023-03-20T06:14:30.656Z


SURVEY - The number of students learning French is falling. Between teaching methods and competition from other languages, how can this phenomenon be explained?


“A village listens sorry/The song of a wounded bird.”

With these words from Prévert, Klara, a student in the 10th grade – the equivalent of the Second – of a high school in Munich, remembers having started learning French.

"From the first lesson, I understood that the task was not going to be easy

," she admits.

But I wanted to understand the language of my favorite authors.”

Of the 8.44 million students in Germany in 2023, the young girl is among the 15.3% of them to study the language of Molière.

A percentage lower than that of 2009, which then amounted to 19.1% according to the Federal Office of Statistics.

And for good reason, French appeals less and less to young Germans.

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For Grégoire Fischer, president of the German Federation of French Teachers and teacher in a college-high school in Bremen, the observation is clear: "The number of

students who choose French as their second foreign language

(compulsory from 5th to second, then optional until…

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