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  1. Foreign Language and Education in Europe Steven E Richardson GPY 356 – 01 (Winter 2014) “United in Diversity”

  2. Research Questions • What is the status of the English language throughout the European continent? • Does the quality of education have an impact on learning English as a foreign language and its presence as a working language?

  3. Hypothesis • Higher expenditures on education will create a stronger system that allows for advanced English language learning, ultimately creating a common working language amongst Europeans.

  4. Variable 1 Research Findings Percent of pupils learning a foreign language in primary school

  5. Variable 1 Research Findings

  6. Variable 1 Research Findings

  7. Variable 1

  8. Variable 1 Conclusions • Norway – lowest score • DK & GMY – below avg. • SWE, FIN, FR, NED – higher than avg. • Croatia – higher than avg.

  9. Variable 2 Research Findings Public expenditure on education (% of GDP)

  10. Variable 2 Research Findings

  11. Variable 2 Research Findings

  12. Variable 2

  13. Variable 2 Conclusions • NW, SWE, DK, FIN – spend above avg. • Cyprus spends above avg. • GMY spends below avg., as well as ITA & SPA

  14. Comparison

  15. Conclusions • Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, and Sweden correlate. • 7 out of 26 countries correlate • Croatia & Czech Republic – above average English learning and below average money expenditures.

  16. Final Statements • This data proves that strictly viewing these numbers without having further knowledge and understanding can lead to improper assumptions of the situation in the respective countries. • These are just arbitrary numbers that provide us with a glimpse into a country. • There is not necessarily a correlation between the amount of money a country invests in its education system and the amount of people who can speak English. • Further research and case studies will perhaps give us a deeper meaning behind the data and maps.

  17. Work Cited • Eurostat (powered by the European Commission) • http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/statistics/themes