ÉLIMINER L’ENSEIGNEMENT DE L’ANGLAIS

Et dire qu’au Québec, le gouvernement a imposé unilatéralement l’enseignement de l’anglais à compter de la 1re année!

Résumé d’un article du Telegraph.co.uk :

L’Allemagne, tout comme d’autres pays de l’Union européenne, a décidé il y a quelques années d’enseigner l’anglais à l’école primaire. Mais une étude récente montre que les résultats de cet enseignement sont médiocres. Les enfants apprennent des mots anglais avec des enseignants qui ont une connaissance limitée de la langue et ils n’apprennent pas la grammaire. Par conséquent, ils sont incapables de parler l’anglais. L’Allemagne envisage donc d’éliminer les cours d’anglais à l’école primaire.

L’article au complet en anglais est publié ci-dessous :

Germany considers scrapping English lessons

Germany is considering scrapping English classes for primary school children after a study showed no advantage in starting lessons at an early age.

By Allan Hall in Berlin
21 Jan 2009

Two thirds of the teachers consider English instruction before the age of 11 ‘completely redundant.

The country is among many in the world which adopted the mantra of ‘the earlier the better’ when it came to teaching pupils English.

Poor marks in the international Pisa studies of educational prowess in recent years gave even more urgency to start English lessons – in some cases for children aged as young as four.

But research by the Catholic University of Eichstaett has thrown the educational authorities into confusion. An unpublished study of schoolteachers shows that 95 per cent of sixth formers who had primary school English lessons were no better at the language than children who did not.

Two thirds of the teachers consider English instruction before the age of 11 "completely redundant." "The effect of primary school English is completely nil," said Wolfgang Klein, director of the Max Planck Institute for Linguistics in the neighbouring Netherlands.

Teachers reported in the study that very young children learned many words, but not the grammar to string them together properly.

Researchers said political pressure from Berlin and the EU drove schools to adopt English for children who hadn’t properly learned their own mother tongue.

Often teachers have only a basic grasp of the English they are teaching their pupils, the study found.

Germany’s 16 individual states are to consider the impact of the Eichstaett study and decide whether to improve the programme for teaching very young children or scrap it altogether.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/4306975/Germany-considers-scrapping-English-lessons.html