Results-based evaluation of French teaching in the 6th and 9th class (H8 and H11) in the six Passepartout cantons
Commissioned by: The Swiss cantons in the Passepartout region (as of 2018: Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education of Northwest Switzerland)
The six Swiss cantons located along the German-French language border (Bern, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Freiburg, Solothurn and Wallis) have issued an inter-cantonal agreement on a new concept for foreign language education at schools. The agreement stipulates that German-speaking students will learn French before English.
As of the school year 2011/12 (in Basel-Landschaft, as of the school year 2012/13), French has been taught in accordance with the Passepartout curriculum. In many respects, the objectives, content and structure of the Passepartout curriculum and the related teaching materials, Mille feuilles and Clin d’œil, differ greatly from earlier French teaching. The three major areas I) communicative competence, II) awareness for language and culture, and III) competence in learning strategies, which are assessed separately, represent the predominant feature of the Passepartout curriculum. The project foresees a results-based evaluation of the skills of students in their 8th and 11th year of schooling (as calculated in HarmoS) as well as a survey of teachers and students. In conducting the project, synergies with EDK’s educational monitoring (verification of the attainment of the basic competences) are taken advantage of.