Study on minority languages and education for the European Parliament
The Mercator Research Centre was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education to conduct a study on minority languages and education with a focus on vocational education.
Multilingualism and Language learning
Cor van der Meer
Rixt van Dongera, Richt Sterk
September/2016 - May/2016
Funded by the European Parliament
Mercator's study delivers an in-depth comparative analysis of thirteen language case studies in order to gain insight into the situation of minority languages in education in Europe.
The report offers an in depth comparative analysis of thirteen language case studies, including Frisian in the Netherlands, Basque in France and in Spain and German in Italy (South Tyrol). Not only do these languages differ historically and politically, they differ also in terms of their geographical distribution and in being for example a minority with a kin-state. Indications for best practices are described and challenges faced in education are highlighted. Specific attention is directed to vocational education and career perspectives. Lastly, this report gives recommendations how the EU can support minority languages in education.