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in article 39B7DA03.DF21B6@uswest.net, Brett Rabe at email@example.com wrote
on 2000-09-07 11:10 am:
> Actually, Im going to follow-up my own post (bad style,
> I know) and point out that my niece was forced (as in,
> there was no choice) to choose a foreign language to
> learn starting in first grade. I think the choices
> were the relatively standard (in the U.S.) French,
> German, or Spanish, but still, thats a dramatic
> improvement over when I was in school and foreign
> languages werent introduced until late junior high
> or high school.
> However, she goes to a private school. Im not sure
> what they do in public schools nowadays. Probably
> play rock, paper, scissors most of the day. :p
In the education I got in Ghana (postcolonial British school and private) we
had to begin learning French from Class 5 onwards (equivalent to Grade 4 or
Grade 5 in the U.S.) and there were no options to take other languages. And
we kept learning that until the completion of secondary school (Form 5).
French was a mandatory language to learn in that school even though Ghana
does not use French. The reasoning was because the three surrounding
countries--Cote DIvoire, Togo and Burkina Faso--are French-speaking.
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