At the ESS, pupils are required to choose a second language as of P1. Language 2 (“L2”) as it is called must always be different from the language used in their section. For example, a pupil in the German-speaking section may choose French or English as L2.
Number of hours
For P1 and P2, 2½ hours of classes are given per week. For P3, P4 and P5, this rises to 3¾ hours per week.
Importance of Language 2
L2 plays an increasingly important role in a pupil’s schooling and becomes the second teaching language as of the S3 class: History and Geography classes are given in L2. As of S4, certain options such as Economics are also taught in L2.
The general objectives of teaching Language 2 are the following:
- To enable pupils to assert their own cultural identity, the foundation of their future development as European citizens;
- To develop a high level of proficiency, whether in their mother tongue or in foreign languages;
- To favour a general European approach, especially in the human sciences classes (in secondary);
- To strengthen the spirit of tolerance, cooperation, dialogue and respect within the school community, as well as outside school;
- To encourage the personal, social and intellectual development of pupils and prepare them for the next educational cycle;
- To encourage the personal fulfilment of pupils in a broader social and cultural context.
The content of the learning programme in Language 2 is divided into six themes:
- The pupil and his or her school
- The pupil and the world of the imagination
- The pupil and the world that surrounds him or her
- The pupil, his or her family and his or her friends
- The pupil and his or her well-being
- The pupil and his or her leisure activities (free time)