Why English, Spanish, French and German?

One of the basic questions in language education is why we teach the languages we do. The Council of Europe has addressed this question:

On what principles are national language provisions based?

As teachers, do we know?

a) economic need (for example, international trade, tourism)
b) diplomatic relations
c) parental pressures
d) cultural values
e) traditional practice

What steps are taken to achieve coherence among:

  • a) curricular objectives,
  • b) teaching methods,
  • c) textbooks and other teaching materials, and
  • d) examinations and qualifications?

Are there ministerial curricular guidelines concerning:

  • a) the languages to be taught
  • b) the objectives to be pursued
  • c) the approach to be followed
  • d) the methods to be used
  • e) the materials to be used
  • f) the qualification to be awarded
  • g) the content and procedures in tests and examinations?

These are very interestig questions and a good guideline for educators working in this field.
Ref: Common European Reference of Languages. COE