ERIC Number: ED231199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
English Language Teaching Profile: Spain.
British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
The role of English in Spain is discussed, with attention directed to (1) English within the educational system, (2) inspection of teachers and teaching methods, (3) commercial English, (4) adult education, (5) radio and television instruction in English, (6) English teachers, (7) English outside the educational system, and (8) British and American support for the teaching of English. Over the past few years, the demand for English in Spain has been increasing rapidly. English is not normally a medium of instruction except for a relatively small number of students in some university English departments and in isolated courses. It is, however, mandated that either English or French be taught throughout the 12 years of primary and secondary education. In practice, the local language is often taught in place of a foreign language at the lower level, because qualified modern language teachers are unavailable. At the university level, a great deal of importance is placed on English or other foreign languages in the first 2 years of study. English is also available through adult education at the primary, secondary, and university levels. There is much need for more trained English teachers, especially at the primary level, and help in teacher training is being provided by The British Council. The future of two American language institutes is unclear. Appendices include lists of: books used for teaching English at the primary and secondary levels, English radio programs, English-medium schools, some English-language teaching establishments, and terms used in Spanish education. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Radio, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Language Role, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Teacher Supply and Demand, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.