By Euro Weekly News Media • 30 August 2016 • 11:16
DESIGNATING multilingualism an ‘educational priority’, the Valencian government is set to strengthen English learning in Spanish schools.
The aim is to devote more resources to teaching the language in newer and more innovative ways.
Having identified English proficiency as one of the educational system’s greatest weaknesses, the government will begin pilot programs in local schools in and around the Costa Blanca.
New experimental techniques will be tested out on the children who already have some exposure to the language through family or friends.
Previous pilot schemes have been immensely popular among local Spanish parents who want their children to learn English at an early age.
But the programs have typically ended up being scaled back without any concrete government commitment.
That is set to change with Valencian Community president Ximo Puig putting his full weight behind the proposals, defining them as a priority for his legislature.
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During the summer I have had the opportunity to discu-ss the quality of English teaching in Valencia Communidad with several young and teenage spanish children…they have not been happy especially with the little time allocated to developing the ability to speak english from day one. Unfortunately when one asks a local school if one can help by vsituing the school for a few hours a week to help with english conversation sessions one is told not unless one has an official certificate in Valenciana. Where is the international ism in this??
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