The Development of Teaching Foreign Languages at Primary Level in Spain – Short Overview

4. April 2016

In Spain, language teaching in primary education began in the late 70s, developing in a more specific way with the educational law LOGSE which implemented learning English as a second language at primary level for children from the age of 8. Thereafter, language teaching at an early age was promoted. Widely, compulsory teaching of a second language begins at 6-7 years of age, however, in recent years the teaching of English has been incorporated in the early childhood years, but we still have a long way to go in education.

The new education law LOMCE offers 3 hours of English per week from 1st to 6th grade.

Responsibility for Education in Spain has been transferred to the Autonomous Communities, so the curriculum differs slightly from one region to another.

Thus, several regions have increased the number of hours of teaching English as a foreign language. Many others have included bilingual education into their curricula, implementing, not only more hours of English, but also teaching some subjects, as science or arts and crafts, in the foreign language. With this broad exposure to English language, students are reaching a much higher level of proficiency than before.

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