Public school teachers to study Spanish this summer

Posted at 04/03/2012 4:07 PM | Updated as of 04/03/2012 4:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Over a hundred public school teachers will undergo Spanish language training this summer as part of the government’s efforts to equip students with additional knowledge.

About 113 secondary school teachers from selected public schools nationwide will be part of a summer training course in Spanish under the Department of Education’s Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).

The program will run from April 16 to May 28 at the Instituto Cervantes in Manila. DepEd is implementing the program with support from Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Ministry of Education, and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development.

“I think it is important to teach one of the world’s most widely spoken languages to our students as part of their preparation for the global arena,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a statement.

SPFL aims to “develop students’ skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking and viewing as fundamental to acquiring communicative competence in a second foreign language.”

It was piloted in 2009, with Spanish, French and Japanese courses offered to selected public secondary schools.

German was added to the list of foreign languages offered in the following academic year.

But not all public schools are eligible for the program. DepEd said only educational institutions “whose students have demonstrated competence in English and are capable of learning another foreign language” can be part of SPFL.