- Minority languages
- Research & Projects
The ‘FRY-EUS’ project seeks to compare two regions on how to handle several languages in education. Both regions deal with a minority, a dominant and a popular third or foreign language. Mercator carries out the project on behalf of the Basque Ministry of Education and in cooperation with the University of the Basque Country. There are two research groups: one in Fryslân (Mercator) and one in Donostia (University of the Basque Country). The general research objectives are to analyse bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource for the individual and society and to analyse bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource at school.
There are three research assistants based in Fryslân: Jildou Popma, and Truus de Vries (the Mercator Research Centre, Ljouwert / Leeuwarden) and one is based in the Basque Country: Elizabet (Eli) Arocena. Project leader is Cor van der Meer of the Mercator Research Centre in collaboration with Durk Gorter (Ikerbasque / University of the Basque Country, Donostia / San Sebastian) and Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country).
In March 2010 the report:
"Frisian and Basque Multilingual Education: A Comparison of the Province of Fryslân and the Basque Autonomous Community" (click to download PDF) has been presented.
In January 2012 the report:
“Multilingualism in Secondary Education: A Case Study of the Province of Fryslân and the Basque Autonomous Community” (click to download PDF) has been presented.
In April 2014 the report:
"English language teaching in secondary education and the use of English outside school: A Comparison of the Basque Country and Friesland" (click to download PDF) has been presented.