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Jun.
18
2009

Teaching English in Spain

Posted by: Ana Isabel García Espina

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The situation is not exactly the same in the whole country, and there can be slight variations. Here, in asturias, in the north of Spain, it is more or less as follows:

 

English in Pola de Laviana, Asturias, Spain


1.What stage of teaching/learning English is itat my school we teach studentsfrom 12 to 18 years old, that is 7th- 12th graders.
English starts being taught at kindergarten
2.Possible exams at this stage : the only official exams out of secondaryschool are taken in the Official Language Schools, or they can also take the Cambridge exams or similarbut in a private basis.

3.How many hours per week do students have
3 or 4 according to the course they are taking : 7th, 8th and 9th grade havegot 4 hours per week
4.How big are the groups it depends on the schools, maximum 30 students perclass, but they are usually fewer
5.Are students divided on the basis of their skills? No, they are not
In what way? they are usually grouped according to the optional subjects theychoose every year
6.Which skill is most often practice/which one is the most important and why?nowadays, the oral activities are becoming more and more important, but thefour skills are usually taught and trained in class: reading, writing,listening and speaking
7.What are the teaching methods? they vary according to region and teacher, buta communicative method is the most generally adopted
8.Which course books do teachers use? in our schools we are working with twowell-known publishers : Oxford University Press and Burlington Books
9.What other materials do teachers use? a little bit of everything, computersand Internet becoming more important every day
10.Are there any other ways of learning English at school? in my school we havea bilingual programme, ony for some students; they have some other subjectstaught in English (CLIL)
11.Are language schools very popular? yes, they are, but very often studentsattend some private language school not because they are really interested inlanguages but to do homework! Official Language Schools are becoming morepopular every year
12.Are private tutorials very popular?yes, they are, but very often studentsattend some private language school not because they are really interested inlanguages but to do homework!
13.What is the students attitude towards learning English? in my area they arenot very keen on learning English, although most students like it in class theydon't make the effort to really learn it.
14.What is the usual English teachers' educations? Are there any rules thatregulate that matter? secondary school terachers have a University Degree inEnglish



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