Recent publication: Les clés du Cadre
Adopted in 2001 by the Council of Europe, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) has profoundly changed modern language teaching and assessment in France and many other European countries. In this publication (2019), Francis Goullier lists and explains the key components of this language policy document.
Latest newsletters edited by France Éducation International, the national contact point for the ECML
Courriel européen des langues
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the ECML and the completion of its "Languages at the heart of learning" programme, Issue no. 42 of the Courriel européen des langues gives the floor to Sarah Breslin, ECML Executive Director (review and conference on 5-6 December 2019), and Claire Extramiana, ECML Governing Board member for France, who offers an overview of the French projects in the 2016-2019 programme and presents the French representation within the new project teams for the period 2020-2023. Four ECML project coordinators present the outcomes and achievements of their projects. Bronka Straus, ECML Governing Board member for Slovenia, has been interviewed about language teaching in her country.
"La Lettre de France Éducation International": April 2020
Infolettre "Veille et ressources documentaires": January 2020 – February 2020 – Mars 2020
The updated bibliography “Découvrir le système éducatif français : sélection de ressources” (Discovering the French education system: selection of resources) (March 2020) offers a selection of resources (websites and publications in French and English) relating to the organisation, the functioning and the main institutions of the French education system.
Language teaching: at least two modern languages by the end of secondary education
On 26 November 2017 at the Sorbonne, in a speech entitled Initiative for Europe, the President of the Republic expressed the wish that all students should master two modern languages by the end of high school. Improving French students' proficiency in modern languages is a priority for the Ministry, as can be seen in the section devoted to foreign and regional modern languages on the website of the Ministry of Education and Youth. Every pupil must be able to communicate in at least two modern languages by the end of secondary education. To achieve this objective, language teaching is part of a strong common European perspective. Pupils have contact with a foreign language from the first grade and oral practice is a priority at all levels of schooling from primary onwards.
Ministry of National Education and Youth, DGESCO (General Directorate for School Education) – Modern Languages: National resource portal - SchoolNet
Dedicated to education professionals, this portal of modern language resources is made available online by Éduscol. It provides all modern language teachers with a single point of entry to resources and information they need in their profession or to prepare for it. Teachers can find free teaching resources (by level and programme, by device, for assessments and examinations, digital resources and resources for the common base) and institutional information (official texts and curricula). In addition to the “headline” (à la une) and "zoom in" (zoom sur) sections, there are four main headings: Teaching, Information, Training and News.