Results-based evaluation of French teaching in the 6th class (H8) in the six Passepartout cantons
The six Swiss cantons located along the German-French language border (Bern, Basel Landschaft, Basel Stadt, Fribourg, Solothurn and Valais) have issued an inter-cantonal agreement on a new concept for foreign language education at schools. The agreement stipulates that German-speaking students learn French before English.
As of the school year 2011/12 (2012/13 in Basel Landschaft), French has been taught in accordance with the Passepartout curriculum. In many respects, the objectives, content and structure of the Passepartout curriculum and the accompanying textbook “Mille feuilles” differ greatly from earlier French language lessons. One of the defining features of the Passepartout curriculum is the focus on three areas, each of which is assessed separately: I) communicative competence; II) linguistic and cultural awareness; and III) competence in learning strategies. In the scope of the project, a result-based evaluation of the skills of students in their 8th year of schooling (as calculated in HarmoS) as well as a survey of teachers and students will be conducted; synergies with the EDK education monitoring system (verification of the attainment of Basic Competences) are taken advantage of.