official language schools

official language schools
   Official language schools are a network of centres for the teaching of foreign languages. The first school was founded by the Spanish ministry of education in 1930. The major growth of official language schools took place in the 1980s, in response to the increasing interest in modern foreign languages in Spain. Seventeen languages are taught, European and Spanish regional languages being predominant. Entry requirements are that students have at least completed the first level of secondary education. Teachers of the official language schools qualify after passing a national examination. Advanced and elementary level courses are taught, with an option for distance learning. Tuition is also offered to teachers and other specialized groups. The schools have a policy of fostering active use of the target language in real-life contexts.
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Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture. 2013.

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