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33. Spanish as a Second Language and Teaching Methodologies


Subject Linguistics » Applied Linguistics
Psycholinguistics » Language Acquisition

Key-Topics education, teaching

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405198820.2012.00035.x


In 2006, 14 million people around the world were studying Spanish as a second language, a number surpassed only by the number of English learners. In the United States alone, there are 6 million students of Spanish. In Europe, Spanish has 3.5 million students scattered throughout 38 countries. In Ivory Coast, on the African continent, 74% of all high schoolers chose Spanish as their required foreign language, and in China, the number of students registered in Spanish classes has grown 160%. Since 2006, Brazil has instituted Spanish as a high school requirement, adding 11 million students and bringing the total number to 25 million learners of Spanish as a foreign language worldwide (Instituto Cervantes 2006). Calculations place the wealth generated by activities associated with the teaching of Spanish at 15% of Spain's GDP ( Delgado et al. 2007 ), of which one-third comes from courses. Unfortunately, we do not have numbers for Latin American countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica that also attract growing numbers of students through study abroad programs. The future of the teaching of Spanish is as promising as it is challenging: not enough qualified teachers, small presence of Spanish on the Internet, and the need to adapt teaching approaches to optimize language learning in different contexts. For example, US Latinos should not be taught Spanish as if it were ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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