Friday, 02 March 2012 11:06
Implementing Spanish Language as an elective subject in the Basic Education Curriculum for the years 2009 to 2012 is a significant milestone in cementing the historical and cultural bonds which unites Spain and the Philippines.
It is through the concerted efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd) through the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) in coordination with the Ministry of Education; Embassy of Spain; Instituto Cervantes, Manila; and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, that summer training courses for teachers adopting the SPFL (Special Program in Foreign Language) were held for three consecutive summer breaks at Instituto Cervantes, Manila. The program began with only fifteen public high schools in the Philippines and has now increased to 57 public high schools adopting the SPFL.
During the 45-day training of each summer, participants who are coming from the different regions were exposed to the Spanish Language and Culture through rigid communicative and functional approaches in learning Spanish as a foreign language. Written and oral tests were likewise administered to gauge the participants’ level of learning and competence.
Moreover, they were exposed to the various Spanish accents since the professors were coming from the different Spanish-speaking places, in preparation for the Diploma for Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) Examination.
Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School who pilots the SPFL in Region IX is one with the almost 500 million people all over the world who regard Spanish as a language for international communication, occupies a significant place which opens doors and opportunities for future professionals,
Thus, creating a pool of teachers that can teach Spanish to High School students is a giant step in providing more opportunities for work and social interaction.
by: Ethel Apolinario-Medallo
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