Socialists pledge to create a generation of English speakers
If the ruling Socialists are voted back into power at the upcoming general elections, within 10 years students leaving high school will be able to speak English at an "everyday" level.19 February 2008
MADRID - If the ruling Socialists are voted back into power at the upcoming general elections, within 10 years students leaving high school will be able to speak English at an "everyday" level. That was the promise made by Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero at a party rally in Fuenlabrada, Madrid, yesterday.
Among the package of measures announced by Zapatero on Monday was the short-term goal of teaching 15 percent of high school classes in English by the end of the next legislature - something that would require the temporary hiring of 12,000 native English teachers and 8,000 teaching assistants.
Starter courses in English for 4,000 primary school teachers would also form part of the plan, as would intensive courses to be delivered in the United Kingdom and the United States for more experienced teachers.
The prime minister also promised to make EUR 85 million available for 200,000 students to learn English abroad, making the point that this money would go to children from families "who don't have the means" to send their kids abroad during vacations.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news