More French to be taught in Serbian schools

Friday, January 09, 2009

This is from a bit over a week ago:

The Minister said that French as a first foreign language is taught in 50 primary schools and as a second language in 600 schools.

He added that 25 mentors for the French language have been trained and that this agreement confirms a good educational cooperation between France and Serbia.

Terral said that there are at least three reasons for France wanting to promote the French language in Serbia, France refuses to accept the world’s uniformity, ‘Francophonie’ and Serbia’s European perspective.
I like that first reason, though I would rephrase it a bit to something more along the lines of "English doesn't have the momentum required to bring the world to uniformity" so French might as well keep at it so that we are able to find this out sooner rather than later. Even the British Council recognizes that this boom will be over by 2050:
The report also showed that English was not the only language spreading, and the world, far from being dominated by English, was to become more multi-lingual. Mr Graddol said: "Chinese, Arabic and Spanish are all popular, and likely to be languages of the future."

You have to read all the way to the last sentence of the article to find that, however. The rest of it seems to give a different overall impression.


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