DESIGNATING multilingualism an ‘educational priority’, the Valencian government is set to strengthen English learning in Spanish schools.
The aim is to devote more resources to teaching the language in newer and more innovative ways.
Having identified English proficiency as one of the educational system’s greatest weaknesses, the government will begin pilot programs in local schools in and around the Costa Blanca.
New experimental techniques will be tested out on the children who already have some exposure to the language through family or friends.
Previous pilot schemes have been immensely popular among local Spanish parents who want their children to learn English at an early age.
But the programs have typically ended up being scaled back without any concrete government commitment.
That is set to change with Valencian Community president Ximo Puig putting his full weight behind the proposals, defining them as a priority for his legislature.