English-speaking countries get their language courses free from the Federal Government
FINNISH-speaking Switzerland is one of the few countries that has its own free language courses, which can be accessed through a web portal.
But these courses are limited to the native-speaking Swiss population.
They only cover basic French and German and are limited in scope, such as the amount of vocabulary and phrases that can be taught, according to Swiss media outlet ATS.
But the Federal government says it is not restricting language learners from the public.
It says the government has made clear to its agencies that it will support them with their programs to support their language learning.ATS quoted the Federal Minister for Education, the Minister of State for the Interior and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as saying: “The Federal Government supports its partners in all languages with their own language programs.”
However, ATS also said that while it is possible for Switzerland to offer free language education to the public, it is “not allowed to do so” as the government is the sole authority.
The government is not obliged to give any money to anyone for their language-learning services.
However, it has said it will provide funding to schools, especially those offering courses for foreigners.
The German language is spoken in the country by over 1.4 million people, of whom nearly 900,000 are residents.
The language is taught by a group of specialists who study and study it at home.
It has also gained popularity for its unique pronunciation, which is different to English.