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September 28, 2013

Portugal | Education

Portugal: Confusion over English class

study-English-in-Portugal.jpgA community newspaper for English speaking residents in Portugal reports on confusion over the country's EFL system in public schools.

Confusion abounds over the teaching of English as a foreign language in public primary schools in Portugal as the Minister of Education has been accused of inconsistency when deciding whether to make the subject compulsory.

After announcing that primary schools were free to choose whether to include English as a curricular or extracurricular subject, the Minister of Education decided this week that English should, in fact, become compulsory in primary education and has called for a review of the law.

Nuno Crato has called on the National Education Council (CNE) to help the government review the law and draft a proposal. “We must introduce English as a compulsory school subject from primary education through to the ninth grade,” he told CNE on Monday.

Nuno Crato has since come under attack by both the opposition and parents’ associations which criticise his lack of consistency over the issue.

The background

It all started in 2005, when the José Sócrates government introduced English as a compulsory foreign language subject in primary extracurricular activities.

Read the full article from Algarve Resident.

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