October 1, 2004
How to Cite
Cabau-Lampa, Béatrice. 2004. “« Le Tournoi Des Langues » : L’enseignement Des Langues étrangères dans Le système Scolaire suédois, 1807-2003”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 16 (2), 229-55. https://doi.org/10.32316/hse/rhe.v16i2.332.
This paper analyses the various issues that influenced the foreign languages
policy in the Swedish school system during the 19th and 20th centuries. In fact,
language teaching has always occupied a dominant place in the Swedish school
system, which remained elitist until the introduction of common compulsory
basic schooling in 1962. Language teaching developed not only with different
school system reforms in response to social transformations, but also with a
succession of foreign influences. The first part of this article examines the
development of the Swedish school system. Then, the status and organization of
language teaching as a whole are analyzed, before examining the three foreign
languages taught : German, French, and English. In conclusion, the article
describes the current state of language teaching in Sweden.