Why it is compulsory, I can not answer.I should like to say a few words about whether I think it is a good idea.
I sat in VWO from 1992 to 1998.Gymnasium, so with the classical languages I followed lessons in six languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Latin, Greek). I do not have a language lump, and have only done exams in Dutch and English.
I welcome all these languages, even though I was not at all happy with the lessons (and all the impracticable ones that were there).Because a basis has been laid for language understanding and because an association arose between the different modern languages (mainly via Latin) I can now understand a little Italian and read a very small amount of Spanish (level children’s book, no financial newspaper ). I recognize the tribe of a word sometimes before I learn the word, and that makes it easier to remember the meaning.
I am regularly on events abroad.Comic cons, film fairs etc generally have a very international company inside, and then OS jet as a volunteer or employee very fine if in any case you understand what someone wants to ask. Even if I can’t answer in Italian, I can best point the way to a map when I understand them. I have taken this from all these hours of words and grammar, the verbal and written overhearing, the name that I never did not remember during a test work, the sermons after impracticable, talks with teachers and mentors about the lack of improvement and the However, it is disappointing that my diploma does not have a gymnasium because I dropped Latin at the last minute: I can help people, laugh at half the wrong remarks and learn new things every time about different cultures. And then I am much more valuable than the time I put in it.
First of all, it’s Latin, not Latin;)
Now that I have corrected this common mistake, I will answer the question.
Often most people seem to ask this question with a assumption.That assumption is worded as follows. Because many of these languages are barely spoken, the value of the same language education has disappeared and learning languages in school is therefore pointless. However, this is a completely wrong assumption in my case.
Firstly, I believe that the value of learning a language and associated culture lies not only in its direct application.That is very short-sighted as far as I am concerned. The value of learning a language lies beside the direct application in many other matters decided. One of these things is that learning a new language is a reflection of their own language. One is going to think about standard expressions that do not appear to translate. One is going to think about grammatical structures that give the other language much more expression that the native language does not have. We are also thinking about the similarities between the language of your own and the new language, etc. In this way one becomes much more conscious of the own language and that again ensures much greater language proficiency also in the own language. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be able to express good thoughts in language. Learning other new languages strongly contributes to this. For this reason, language teaching is highly desirable and especially for pupils of VWO, who should be able to express their thoughts very sharply in the university.
A second important advantage lies in learning the associated culture.If one learns a language, then one reads monumental works that are very much important for the culture from which they come from. Reading these kinds of works, like learning the language, takes care of a reflection on its own culture and a comparison with the other culture. This is once again very valuable. In order to properly understand how the company works, it is important to understand the culture of its own. Especially VWO pupils can be expected to understand their own society.
A third and final value of learning languages and culture is somewhat abstracter.Learning languages and culture ensures a broader view of the world in general. As it were, one is given a pair of glasses, with which one can understand the world in its greater entirety and see the value and treasures it has to offer. This also seems to me to be very important to give the scholars of our future (VWO pupils).
To summarise briefly, the value of language teaching goes much further than just speaking of those languages.Language teaching is invaluable and certainly does not have to be done with a cheap utilistic argument.
PS: This does not mean, however, that I am fully satisfied with the way in which some languages are taught, however, I consider language education an invaluable.
As a Fleming, I cannot tell you why you should learn several languages in the Netherlands in VWO, HAVO, MAVO, enz芒 鈧?娄.
I can tell you that in Flanders we started to learn the second and third language in the last cycle of elementary education (10芒 鈧?”12yrs).
Once in secondary education (12芒 鈧?”18years), the compulsory languages for each pupil are in both professional, technical and flow directions Dutch, French and English.
The pupils who follow a modern language-related direction in the flow should choose two additional languages from a list of three, namely German, Italian or Spanish.
The pupils who follow a scientifically related direction in the flow have minimum Latin and can even select Greek as an additional language.
Do I think this is a good system in Flanders?Yes, for two reasons (I do speak from my experience with technical secondary education):
1) know several modern languages, spoken in neighbouring countries gives you greater mobility, more likely to experience different experiences and be more open-minded.
2) The more you train the brain, the better they become to learn new things faster, which makes you more competitive in our rapidly changing world and can even get better mental health (constant training of the brain can cause effects of Slow mentally aging).Modern languages are perfect for this: you have to memorize the vocabulary and language rules, but then you have to convert it to a spoken language. So a perfect mix of memory training and thinking. To use languages you do not need special things, just someone else who speaks this language or a book/TV program.
With my background in modern languages I was able to learn Spanish very quickly: after 1 year of evening lessons I went through Spain independently and I could even talk about politics with the Spaniards, after the 2nd year I have only pulled through Peru and Chile for a month and after my 3rd year I was in Cuba and I had my base so I can never forget Spanish.
TL; DR: Train throughout your life your brain to have a happier life.Languages are the perfect instrument for this.
I have followed Latin and Greek in school, in addition to Dutch, French, German and English.Not only in my later jobs but especially in life itself, language knowledge has always opened doors and has expanded my world and vision. I found teaching several languages at an early age a good system. Latin and Greek, on the other hand, I found not so much ‘ necessary ‘ and also no added value in itself. I’d much rather put my time in Spanish, than in Latin, since Latin is a dead language and you better teach Spanish. Knowledge of Germanic and Romance languages is very valuable. One must be able to express themselves in another country and certainly when it is dealt with vocationally. Since I live in Spain, I see everywhere the great lack of language knowledge, at least English one should master anyway. The young generation of Spaniards is now so afraid that their children will not learn Spanish, that they stop them in expensive English Private 漏 schools… their very low salary is broadly inadequate and they are even willing to live together again with 3 generations to Financially ready to get… so you see maar芒 鈧?娄 Films that are dumped are part of the cause of the problem, along with a far too large chauvinism. The copper vision since Franco is gradually expanding, but take crazy proportions towards the other extreme. Because the importance attached to the Valencian and Catalan and the related languages on the islands is too crazy for words and a tremendous time robbery. Pure chauvinism without any ground. Not to mention the masses of Spaniards who do not dare to venture outside their country are afraid to speak another language. Tremendously limiting their chauvinistic vision on education…
Still mention that of course not every child can easily learn languages.Not everyone has a language lump, and education should also be sure to take this into account. The intuitive method is then interesting. But not; Judging the fish by its ability to climb a tree. Because that only takes care of boxes-thinking and lack of self-confidence etc. But it remains a great added value to acquire language skills. And being taught in a country like Belgium was therefore a great added value for the continuation of my life.
Why it is compulsory?A kind of politeness to the neighbors I think. Because if you look closely, it is precisely the languages that are spoken in our neighbouring countries. Besides Latin then of course, but that has never been a compulsory profession at VWO.
I speak several languages myself.And the fun of learning a language is that it also teaches you more about the culture of the country. It makes you aware how we are all 芒 鈧?虄anders芒 鈧劉, but also how much we actually have common.
For example, it is funny to find all sorts of “weird”鈩?from Dutch in Polish and Russian.Or to discover that English has some words that have their 芒 鈧?虄roots芒 鈧劉 (to say it once in good internationals) in Slavic languages.
Another important reason may be that VWO in my knowledge still stands for 芒 鈧?虄Preparatory Scientific Education 芒 鈧劉.And in the time I still studied I had to read a lot of books in the field of theology and psychology in German, English and French, because there were no translations of this.
Even though my German was not as best spoken, I was glad I learned the language so I could read it.
In the technique, German was also a very important language, while French was more or less the language of communication technology, especially telephony.
Through the Internet it has actually become more or less standard that we communicate internationally in English, but at least in the early 1990s, when I studied, every scientific discipline had its own languages for the 芒 鈧?虄standard Literatur芒 鈧劉.
Is this question not being put wrong?The difference between HAVO and VWO is the number of languages.
Average IQ of a HAVO pupil is 106, harmonic profile (no significant difference between verbal IQ and Performaal IQ).Average IQ VWO pupil is also around 106. However, with a disharmonic profile: stronger verbal than Performaal. Ergo: More lingual.
I speak about averages, so I also understand that there are exceptions!And the percentages may also be different nowadays..
I have fun of it all my life, but it has to be said that I myself have worked this for example in my vacations.You won’t learn a language from the school benches alone. You have to put this language into practice.
In fact, I think it is good that this limited group of pupils who are able to learn a set of languages in addition to other issues such as mathematics and the sciences are also in a position to encourage them to do so.The Dutch language area is limited and the economy needs multilingual people to be able to get out of the world. O I hear that I am now elitist about the being, but remember that the whole society and the whole economy need these people, not just this limited group itself.
Here in the US everyone, regardless of construction, is sent to the same mediocre high school.As a result, even the most talented students when they reach the University of Toot nor blow know and-worse still-have never learned to study a lot. They didn’t have to…
Freshmen often have great difficulty adapting to universtaire requirements and a lot of time and money are wasted on their demands for mediocrity.The lousy situation in this country is largely due to this. Midsize is Trump here. The Netherlands should NOT be on that side.
When I was on the Havo, French and German were only given compulsory in the first three years.When choosing your profile you could drop both boxes and only remained English and Dutch as compulsory courses. Since I wanted to have biology and history, I chose to drop both German and French. I don’t have the idea I missed a lot. German I speak nice, French I know in the base.
I think it is good that pupils will be able to learn the basics of both subjects, just like they are learning the basics of other subjects in their first few years.When choosing their profile or direction, they can then decide for themselves what suits where they want to go. I find it superfluous to require a second foreign language.
Yes.For our prosperity, foreign trade is needed. Dutch has not been the language of international trade and science for centuries, so we have to speak our languages.