- 200 Filipino teachers are being tapped to teach the English language in Spain every year
- DepEd renewed its ties with Spain for the promotion and teaching of the Spanish language and cultures in the Philippines
- The SPFL is one of the special programs being offered by the DepEd to “cater to multiple intelligences of the learners and to help equip them with the necessary skills to meaningfully engage in a linguistically and culturally diverse world”
It was revealed that 200 Filipino teachers are being tapped to teach the English language in Spain every year, according to the Department of Education.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones met with Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas in a courtesy call last August to “renew ties for the promotion and teaching of Spanish language and culture in the Philippines.”
Moradas expressed to DepEd that Spain regularly conducts seminars for LAP participants and “they aim to partner with DepEd so that the seminars would be organized and certified by the Department.” DepEd explains that the Spanish government “proposed for a pilot test for 10 individuals from 2020 to 2021 and a possible memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the partnership.”
Meanwhile, DepEd noted that “both parties concurred to review, update details, and finalize the memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on SPFL” – which is also “expected to be renewed and approved soon.”
via DepEd/Manila Bulletin
“We are here to talk about the teaching of Spanish as one of the seven languages of our high school students,” Briones said. “I’ve read the MOU and I would be very happy to sign it now because it’s an extension of what we have done before,” she added.
In an earlier statement, DepEd said that it has already recognized the need to develop the foreign language skills of learners amid the increasing impact of globalization as early as the school year 2009-2010.
The SPFL is one of the special programs being offered by the DepEd to “cater to multiple intelligences of the learners and to help equip them with the necessary skills to meaningfully engage in a linguistically and culturally diverse world.”
DepEd said the program is open to Grades 7 to 10 learners who have demonstrated competence in Filipino and English, and are interested in and capable of learning another foreign language.
Apart from offering Spanish language classes, DepEd has been implementing SPFL classes in French, German, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese in select public schools. For the SPFL, DepEd has also partnered with the Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of Spain, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation Filipinas, Instituto Cervantes, Japan Foundation, the Embassy of France, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, and Confucius Institute-Angeles University Foundation in the conduct of capacity building activities for SPFL teachers. -MB