Re: Second language
In Sweden there are 5 minority languages considered by the government as "second" laguage, but neither of them are taught in school as mandatory subjects, unless the student so requires. These are Meänkieli(also called Tornedalfinska), Finnish, Yiddish, Romani and Sami languages, spoken in the far north of the Scandinavian peninsula.
But I guess everybody, when in school, picks English as second language, even if later on, when you´re older (13-17) you can choose to learn Spanish, German, Italian or French.
Outsider, you said that in Portugal, english has started to be taught in 1st grade, is that public, state schools? Is it a part of the educational program?
I guess it depends on which school you apply to (this when you´re on the 5th grade), some don´t have for ex., enough staff to teach german, so you only have the choice of english or french...No?
What I mean is, does the availability of active teachers (for there are many unnemployed..) affect the way the subjects are scheduled and put in practice?
I´m just wondering...
Douter de tout ou tout croire,ce sont deux solutions également commodes,qui l’une et l’autre nous dispense de réfléchir