Spain, Philippines Sign Agreement on Spanish Language

By Eric - 7:05 PM

The most awaited desire in my life has almost come, and hoping that it'll materialized soon so as the Senate would agree as a whole.
Why learning Spanish? well, that's the language of my ancestors. I took up Spanish class in College as prerequisite but the sad thing was I didn't learn that much. The professor who just passed away wasn't a perfect for it.
If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide! Think how many more employment options this gives you! And if you want to take a trip to Spain or Latin America, a little knowledge of Spanish will go a long way.
Learning Spanish would enable me to learn more about the culture of my ancestors which it connects the Spanish regime and ruling here in the Philippines back the old times. On the other hand, it'll expand my universe so as it'll help me when traveling to the Spanish countries.

MADRID—Spain will help the Philippines reintroduce Spanish language instruction at public schools in the southeastern Asian country under an agreement signed Tuesday between the two nations.

The study of the language is currently voluntary at public high schools in the Philippines, a former Spanish colony, but the government plans to make its availability widespread from 2012.

Under the agreement signed Tuesday, Madrid will help train Spanish language teachers in the Philippines, help develop the curriculum and provide electronic teaching aids as well as technical advice, the Spanish foreign ministry said.

It was signed by the Philippines' Education Secretary Jesli Lapus and the Spanish education ministry's director for international relations, Jose Manuel Martinez Sierra in Barcelona, it added in a statement.

In 1987 the Philippines abolished Spanish as one of its official languages as well as a requirement that college students had to learn it.

The language, one of the world's most spoken, has since largely vanished from everyday use in the country of just under 100 million people, with English and the local languages now commonly used.

Unlike in Madrid's colonies in Latin America, the Spanish language was never as widespread in the Philippines, mainly because of the small number of Spanish settlers in the archipelago.

English was introduced to the country when it passed from Spanish to American control after the Spanish-American war of 1898.


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