n French Studies in Southern Africa - Politique linguistique du Mozambique à l'égard du français : progrès et défis : positionnements régionaux autour du français




This article seeks to show the evolution of the status of the French language in Mozambique within the context of Mozambican language policies both in relation to local and foreign languages, with particular attention to French since 1975. We will focus on two critical dates, 1869, when French was officially introduced in primary and secondary education and 2006, when the country was admitted, with observer status, to the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF). This OIF membership, along with the significant increase in the number of French language learners since 1995, leads one to wonder whether these factors are not evidence of an emerging Francophonie in that country. In an attempt to answer this question we will discuss the vitality of the French language in terms of the number of learners and its expansion.


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