Free English lessons for French students

BBC reports:The main teaching union in France has criticised the education minister’s plans to offer free English classes in the school holidays next year.

Xavier Darcos announced the plans on Monday, insisting that speaking fluent English was the key to success.

He said that while “well-off families pay for study sessions abroad, I’m offering them to everyone right here”.

President Nicolas Sarkozy is likely to back the plan.

He has already infuriated traditionalists by suggesting that the French should no longer insist on speaking their own language at international negotiations.

Interesting… I wonder who will be teaching these courses and where the government will get money to pay the teachers…

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  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    Crikey! That’s all I have to say.

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  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    Crikey! That’s all I have to say.

    Emmys last blog post..Wales, a country apart

  • Mom

    I hope you get one of the jobs and I hope it pays very well.

  • Mom

    I hope you get one of the jobs and I hope it pays very well.

  • http://www.laniortaise.blogspot.com/ LaNiortaise

    I’ll volunteer!

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  • http://www.laniortaise.blogspot.com LaNiortaise

    I’ll volunteer!

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  • http://davidsswamp.blogspot.com/ David

    As usual, the government has a “great” idea, makes the public announcement and only after that thinks how the project can be actually implemented and financed.

    If he wants French people to be able to actually speak English, maybe he should simply look at the way languages are taught in French schools and why it doesn’t work…
    But that requires some capacities for analysis, thinking and self-criticism I doubt anybody has at the Ministry of Education.

    Davids last blog post..This tagging thing that some people do…

  • http://davidsswamp.blogspot.com David

    As usual, the government has a “great” idea, makes the public announcement and only after that thinks how the project can be actually implemented and financed.

    If he wants French people to be able to actually speak English, maybe he should simply look at the way languages are taught in French schools and why it doesn’t work…
    But that requires some capacities for analysis, thinking and self-criticism I doubt anybody has at the Ministry of Education.

    Davids last blog post..This tagging thing that some people do…

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  • Rick

    One clue as to who’s going to be teaching the vacance-scolaire English lessons: On this year’s assistantship application, they ask if you’d be interested in teaching English during breaks for extra money.

  • Rick

    One clue as to who’s going to be teaching the vacance-scolaire English lessons: On this year’s assistantship application, they ask if you’d be interested in teaching English during breaks for extra money.

  • Martine en Suède

    I think of another cheaper way used in Sweden and other countries with a rare language: show TV programs in original language with texting!
    Anyway it gets extreme in Sweden when they do advertisements in swenglish!

  • Martine en Suède

    I think of another cheaper way used in Sweden and other countries with a rare language: show TV programs in original language with texting!
    Anyway it gets extreme in Sweden when they do advertisements in swenglish!

  • http://bdlab.blogspot.com bdlab

    good info,thanks ur info

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