German decline threat to tradition

11th December 1998 at 00:00
SWITZERLAND. SWITZERLAND'S tradition of trilingualism may be in danger. In September, Geneva became the last canton romand to join the national curriculum, which standardises the educational system in each canton, as well as making it "Euro-compatible".

From now on German is no longer compulsory as a second language in the French-speaking coll ges (for school students aged 15-19).

Students can choose between German and Italian. "We never liked German much anyway," said Ricardo Martinez, a pupil at a Geneva coll ge. "With more freedom, we may be more successful."

The German-speaking Swiss, however, say they are closer to French than Italian culture.

The national curriculum, first tested in 1995, will be fully-operational by 2002, when every Swiss coll ge student will take the final exam for the maturite federale (equivalent of the French baccalaureat). Some might even take it in German.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now