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Re: American Jingoism

From:Joe Hill <joe@...>
Date:Saturday, February 16, 2002, 20:22
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From: "jogloran" <exponent@...>
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Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2002 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: American Jingoism

> << > > Count yourselves lucky! In the US you rarely start a > foreign language until you're 14 to 16. Attempts to > start younger are usually bilingual efforts in heavily > Spanish-speaking areas, where it is highly > controversial, because, *of course*, everybody should > learn English. :P > > >> > > Wow, that's strange... most schools here in Australia have compulsory > language learning in primary school (which is Kindergarten to 6th > grade here), and at my high school, you are made to do 1 term each of > French, German, Japanese and Latin in Year 7, then in Year 8 you get > to choose one of them. Year 9 onwards, it's on an elective basis (you > can if you want). > > At my primary school we got taught French, and I'm taking Japanese at > school now. > England, with a recently reformed foreign language system, you start taking languages in Year 2 (1st Grade to americans) (Before, languges were begun in year 7(6th Grade)) until Year 9 (8th Grade), after that, you can drop any language. The languages depend on the school.