AIMING to improve the instruction of a major foreign language in public schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) has started sending high school teachers to Spanish language courses.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Thursday said that selected teachers from various regions have already took up the summer training course on Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL)—Spanish at the Instituto Cervantes in Manila.
“We welcome these enhancement activities as this will strengthen the capability of our teachers and prime them for globalization,” Luistro said in a statement.
The training seminars, which will run from April to November, will be conducted in different venues in Manila, Cebu and Granada, Spain. The program is jointly implemented by DepEd, the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain, Instituto Cervantes, Manila and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development.
This year, 35 additional teachers will be trained in Basic Spanish, 26 of them are from newly identified schools while 9 are from pilot schools considered as Center of Excellence.
DepEd said the immersion program in Spain will be from July to August either in Salamanca or Granada, Spain. It aims to enhance the teachers’ teaching practices by interacting and learning from Spanish language practitioners.
In 2009, DepEd piloted the teaching of Spanish in selected public high schools to better prepare Filipino students in communicating a widely-used second language.
The education department has chosen secondary schools with the highest Mean Percentage Score in English.
In 2011, DepEd also taught Mandarin and Arabic in selected public high schools.
The SPFL was designed for secondary schools whose students have demonstrated competence in English before starting to learn another foreign language.
On Tuesday, Luistro also called on public and private school teachers to continue teaching in local languages so that students may better understand the lessons.
Neil A. Alcober