English Proficiency, Threat, Politics, Lingua Franca, Pride, Ambivalence, Franglais, Centralization, Education System, Germanic
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | English Language and Literature | French Linguistics
Janel Pettes Guikema
Whenever English is perceived as a threat to a nation’s language, English proficiency suffers, and France is guilty as charged. Many people know France as a nation with exceptional cuisine, famous artists, and breathtaking countrysides. What many are not aware of, on the other hand, is that France has the least proficient English speakers out of any EU country. Through in-depth research, literature reviews, interviews with French citizens, and analyzations of personal experiences, I attempt to expose the underlining truth behind this intriguing phenomenon.
Kampf, Chloe, "English in France - Linguistic Dominance and Ambivalence" (2019). Honors Projects. 745.