French schools to teach Portuguese as second language

Starting next school year, students at French schools will be able to choose Portuguese as their foreign language class.

The news was announced on Monday (July 25) following the signing of an agreement by Portugal and France’s education ministers Tiago Brandão and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.

Previously, Portuguese could only be chosen as a “supplementary” school subject. Now, it has joined Spanish, Italian and English as the languages students can choose as their main foreign language class.

Brandão said the decision was “very important” and will allow not only students of Portuguese descent to learn the language, but everyone else as well.

He added it will be taught from as soon as primary school all the way into high school.

The minister pointed out that both French and Portuguese are “international languages” used all over the world, and that both countries are working together to help them grow even further.