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French and Dutch Becoming "Partly Foreign" Languages in Brussels
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
The Brussels Studies Institute this morning published a study that shows the increase in the number of pupils who speak neither French nor Dutch at home, complicating the work of the teachers. French and Dutch are becoming "partly foreign" languages. Benjamin Wayens, geographer and one of the three researchers who participated in writing up this study, warns: "This variable must be incorporated into the training of future teachers so they adapt the way they give lessons."
What is the cause of this phenomenon?
Brussels is a town where different communities and nationalities encounter one another unceasingly. Brussels contains a large number of children who have emigrated from all over Europe, and not just the Mediterranean basin. We shouldn't necessarily believe that all of these young people will follow lessons in a European school, far from there."
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