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Publications:Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe – 2017 Edition

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Date of publication: 18 May 2017

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European Commission Press Release

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There are over 60 official languages in Europe. It is a continent of considerable linguistic diversity, and that breadth is only increasing with recent migration flows. The 2017 Edition of Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe depicts the main education policies regarding teaching and learning of languages in 42 European education systems. 

Some of the questions answered in the report:

  • How long do students spend studying foreign languages?
  • What are the ten most commonly offered foreign languages?
  • Do foreign language teachers travel abroad for training?
  • How many immigrant students speak the language of schooling at home?
  • Plus much more

Although the main focus of the report is on foreign languages, some information about the regional/minority and classical languages in the curriculum is provided. The report also discusses the language support measures available for newly arrived migrant students.

A variety of sources are used in this report, including the Eurydice Network, Eurostat, and the OECD’s PISA and TALIS international surveys. Eurydice data cover all countries of the European Union as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.