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Swiss students will soon be yammering in three officially sanctioned languages--but the question is, which ones? At the recently held annual Conference of Education Directors in Berne, academics from all of Switzerland's 26 cantons agreed that pupils should initially be introduced to a foreign language starring at the third-grade level and commence studying a second foreign tongue in the fifth grade. But the group's opinions diverged on the issue of whether English--the predominant language in the international business community--should be taught first, so the final decision is being put on ice until November.

Nevertheless, the conference was adamant in ensuring that all Swiss students can fluently confabulate in at least two of the country's four official languages. And the issue of adopting English as the nation's lingua franca is now a foregone conclusion.
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Author:Anderson, Robert (American businessperson and engineer)
Publication:Swiss News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXSI
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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