Multilingualism in Alsace

"Le multilinguisme en Alsace"
French C1 writing exercise

Find out which languages are spoken in Alsace.

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Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise: "multiligual/multilingualism", "to keep [a concept] alive and well", "so much so that...", "Alsace/Alsatian", "a peculiarity", "a factor", "uniquely", "to foster the development of...", "a dialect", "eventful history", "to alternate between...control", "sovereignty", "to take place (study)", "to state [something]".

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Did you know that the Alsace region has been multilingual for many centuries? Indeed, although French became France's official language in 1539, Alsace has kept its multilinguism alive and well, so much so that German and the Alsatian language are still spoken there to this day. This linguistic peculiarity can be explained by several factors. First, Alsace is uniquely situated on the border between France and Germany, which gives it a strategic position that has fostered the development of multiple dialects in the region. Moreover, throughout its eventful history, Alsace has alternated between French and German control. These changes of sovereignty have directly influenced the languages used by the population. As for the Alsatian language, according to a study which took place in 2012, 43% of the inhabitants stated that they spoke this dialect and 32% said that they understood it, whereas only 25% of Alsatians don't speak it at all.