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French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy$
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Philippe Lane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318658

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318658.001.0001

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Linguistic and Educational Cooperation

Linguistic and Educational Cooperation

(p.95) 6 Linguistic and Educational Cooperation
French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy

Philippe Lane

Liverpool University Press

Present on the Internet and in broadcasting, French is taught in almost every country worldwide. Promotional events span 200 diplomatic or consular missions annually; in the Gulf States’ cultural establishments and universities, French complements English; Africa benefits from projects, some involving several countries; in Asia, science and technology dominate; North America sees Louisiana and Quebec favouring French, while linguistic cooperation is extremely strong with Australia and New Zealand. French is the language of schooling in Africa – the Maghreb is reintroducing French into schools – and the language of education for foreign leaders of business and state; English and French are the official languages of the Olympic Movement; France also educates foreign top professionals in establishments abroad. With the most extensive foreign school network, present in 130 countries; some schools are under direct control and receive subsidies; priorities are universal primary schooling, equal access for girls and boys, and an integrated vision for primary and secondary education, vocational training and higher education. In the developed world, two initiatives need to be developed: innovative projects on the Internet, and international efforts in conjunction with business; the developing countries will see expansion in francophone bilingual teaching, teacher training and higher education through joint cooperation.

Keywords:   schools, teaching, education, training, bilingual, language

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