German: Repair Is Started

In the full term of 2017, what about the situation of German, a discipline heavily weakened by the reform of the college

In the full term of 2017, what about the situation of German, a discipline heavily weakened by the reform of the college? Thérèse Clerc, President of ADEAF, replied.

Indeed, our discipline was greatly shaken by the reform of the college . At the beginning of 2016, the number of hours allocated to German in the hourly allowances of colleges decreased significantly and the situation of German teachers in secondary schools deteriorated with the abolition of numerous bilateral sections and all sections. As for the number of pupils, the situation is also worrying. The 2016 figures, published recently by the DEPP , confirm our observations on the ground. The number of students from 6 thlearning German is down 25%, which corresponds to the closure of many bilangues in September 2016. While learning the LV2 now begins in class 5 thand an additional age-group is concerned, the increase in the number of pupils learning German at the college was very low, while the increase in Spanish is very high (+ 0.9% and + 15.45%, +0.9% for Italian). The gap between languages will widen and linguistic diversity will decline. In addition to English, which all pupils learn, 5% of an age group learn Italian at college, 75% Spanish and 18% German. It is not up to Franco-German cooperation in the political, economic and cultural fields. German is a real plus for students. A proactive policy is needed to promote learning.The teaching of German has been weakened by the reform of the college. One year after its application, what are the implications for this discipline?

Last June, the first steps were taken by the Ministry of National Education in favor of German. What do you think ?

These measures are positive. We are pleased with the relaxation of the reform of the College on languages. These first provisions, published on June 18, 2017, respond in large part to ADEAF ‘s requests, in particular:

– the elimination of the requirement of continuity for the learning of a language other than English as an optional subject in sixth grade at the rate of 6 hours per week for both languages;
– an optional supplement teaching in a LV from the 5 th to the limit of 2 hours can allow the recovery of European sections;
– the opportunity to teach other disciplines living language from the 5 th .

The government has thus enabled the colleges which so wish to open bilateral and European sections as soon as they return. It is good to be able to offer more time to learn languages. But this possibility is not accompanied by specific means and we question their real implementation.

We are, of course, awaiting the reparation of what has been degraded and a voluntarist action to support and develop the teaching of German. This involves promoting the opening of the German-English bilangues sections defining a bilangue term parity schedule of the 6 th to 3 e with dedicated resources, limited hours endowments for teaching German is not in competition with other optional courses or support schemes for pupils.What do you expect from the new Minister of National Education?

It would also be necessary to limit the number of training establishments to 2 so that teachers can properly handle class and individual exchanges, certifications, the Franco-German day, etc. Positive signals should be sent to teachers and future teachers German and make the profession attractive.

On 29 August, ADEAF launched a survey of its teachers on the German situation. What is the objective?

The purpose of this survey is to collect information on the evolution of the situation of second-level German teachers since 2015 and on the situation of German in the colleges during the different school years (before, during and after the reform development). We will have some elements to see to what extent the easing of the reform was actually used by school principals at the beginning of 2017. Beyond the figures, ADEAF wants to collect the testimonies of German teachers on the how they live their situation and its evolution.