English lessons boost French fluency

German-speaking children who take English lessons have an easier time learning French later on, Swiss researchers have found.

This content was published on April 7, 2009 - 16:24

Children learning English in their third year of primary school found it easier to take up French two years later.

Researchers say this curriculum model is more effective than the previous method, in which children only learnt French.

The majority of children preferred learning English to French, one of Switzerland's four official languages.

Those who had grown up in multilingual households were more motivated to learn French than those who only spoke Swiss German, the study found.

The team from a teacher training college in Lucerne studied the results of 30 primary school classes in three cantons between 2005 and 2008.

The study, part of the national research programme into language diversity, is the first of its kind in Switzerland.

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?