Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Dr David Elder


The purpose of this thesis is to analyse French and Australian approaches to foreign language learning and teaching within their education systems through a comparison of English programmes for French high schools and French programmes for Western Australian high schools. The value and originality of this project lies in the absence of any previous study between the two countries in this field of research. It will be of interest to anyone involved in foreign language learning and teaching. This research is mainly based on official texts and publications (also available online) as well as on work by specialists in education and linguistics. The first part concentrates on the place of foreign languages in French and Australian school courses. The second part compares the programmes for English in French high schools with the programmes for French in Western Australian high schools. The final part examines the French “'baccalaureat” for English and its equivalent in Western Australia for French. This research takes into account the influence of a country's historic, social and cultural context on its education system and the repercussions of its teaching methods on the structure of its programmes.


Text in French, Abstract in English