Bilingual education booming in Wallonia

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28 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Despite ongoing linguistic friction between Wallonia and Flanders, bilingual education is booming in Francophone Belgian primary schools.

28 July 2005

BRUSSELS — Despite ongoing linguistic friction between Wallonia and Flanders, bilingual education is booming in Francophone Belgian primary schools. 

In 1999, there were just nine schools that gave part of their lessons in another language, but this will increase to 81 starting from the next school year.

The Dutch language is primarily gaining in popularity, the French-language newspaper 'La Libre' reported on Thursday.

A total of 60 schools are opting to give lessons in Dutch, 19 have chosen English and two have chosen German.

In 2004, just 54 primary schools were offering bilingual education or immersion in a foreign language.
 
Secondary schools are following the same trend, but are somewhat slower in introducing bilingual education.

In September, 11 schools in the French-speaking region will give bilingual classes.

Geographically, schools in the Luik region are especially opting for bilingual education, followed by the Henegouwen, Namen, Waals-Brabant, Luxemburg and Brussels regions.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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