English rules the European Union

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10 February 2005, BRUSSELS - English is the most widely-taught foreign or second language in primary and secondary schools throughout the 25 nation European Union, a study by the bloc's education information network, Euroydice, showed on Thursday. English teaching had experienced a marked increase in central and eastern European countries between 1998 and 2002, the study said. German was a more popular second language in primary schools then French, especially in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the

10 February 2005

BRUSSELS - English is the most widely-taught foreign or second language in primary and secondary schools throughout the 25 nation European Union, a study by the bloc's education information network, Euroydice, showed on Thursday.

English teaching had experienced a marked increase in central and eastern European countries between 1998 and 2002, the study said.

German was a more popular second language in primary schools then French, especially in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the report said.

EU governments are pressing schools to encourage the learning of two foreign languages from a very early age.

"In an enlarged and multilingual Europe, learning foreign languages from a very young age allows us to discover other cultures and better prepare for occupational mobility," said Jan Figel, European Commissioner for Education and Culture.

The study showed that pupils have to learn a foreign language from primary education onwards in almost all E.U. states.

In 2002, approximately 50 percent of all pupils were learning at least one foreign language.

DPA

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