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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

20th October 2020

In June 2019, the Education Council decided to increase the French lessons in the 2nd upper level with effect from August 1, 2021 and to introduce a compulsory course for the A-students in the 3rd upper level. Now the Education Council has adjusted the timetable accordingly.


In association with the Educational Region of Central Switzerland, the Education Council of the Canton of Uri has been working for some time on measures to improve pupils’ skills in French and to optimize French teaching. The result of the project work was a report that the Education Council took note of on June 26, 2019. At the same time, the Education Council determined the measures to be implemented. Two of the main measures concerned the timetable, as follows:


Increase in weekly lessons for French in the 2nd upper level from four to five (including an additional lesson in the timetable) as of August 1, 2021
Introduction of a compulsory French for all A-school students in the 3rd upper level on August 1, 2021


The Education Council decided on the specific necessary adjustments in the lesson table on September 23, 2020. The new timetable will apply from August 1, 2021 and can be found on the website of the Canton of Uri:


In line with BKZ and EDK

The main trigger for the project to improve French teaching in Uri were the results of the foreign language evaluation published in 2016, which had been commissioned by the Conference of Educational Directors in Central Switzerland (BKZ). It was found that only a small proportion of the students in Central Switzerland achieved the curriculum goals in speaking and listening; in reading and writing it was at least a third. In terms of the number of lessons, the results of the survey were clear: more lessons equals better performance.


Following the publication of these results, the BKZ decided to work to improve performance in French. For its part, the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Education Directors (EDK) adopted a recommendation on foreign language teaching in compulsory schools in October 2017. At the same time, together with the federal government, it decided on the “Swiss Exchange and Mobility Strategy”.



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