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EDUCATION REPORT - Economic Forces Push Spanish to Learn English

作者:Lauren Frayer 发布日期:7-21-2011

A man browses a book as other people walk by at a book fair in Madrid, Spain
A man browses a book as other people walk by at a book fair in Madrid, Spain

This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

Spain is struggling with a recession. More than one in five Spaniards are out of work. Unemployment is the highest of the seventeen nations that use the euro. But one area of the economy that seems to be doing well is English classes.

A report this year from the EF Education First company listed Spain is a "low proficiency" country in English. Spain ranked just below Italy and just above Taiwan.

About a fifth of the world speaks Spanish.

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There are many Spanish language TV shows and movies. Spaniards can also watch Hollywood movies dubbed in Spanish or news from Latin America.

One of the few English voices on Spanish TV belongs to Richard Vaughan.

RICHARD VAUGHAN: "Hello and welcome back to another half-hour segment of Cloverdale's Corner. Today is Tuesday, and Lourdes has had to leave but we still have four people here ... "

Richard Vaughan is from Texas but for thirty-five years has lived in Spain. He operates that country's biggest English teaching company. It even has its own TV channel. "Aprende Ingles" -- Learn English -- is Spain's only national channel in English.

He says people watch his channel and take his classes to get a better job.

RICHARD VAUGHAN: "People don't learn English here for cultural reasons. Some do. But the motive is always, ninety-nine percent of the time, professional."

Modern changes in the world economy -- globalization -- may offer chances for a better job in another country. But economic problems at home can also make people feel they have few other choices.

NICK BYRNE: "People realize, you know, they are not only going to have to be mobile out of a choice, but they are going to have to be mobile because of necessity."

Nick Byrne is director of the language center at the London School of Economics.

NICK BYRNE: "We found that, in our university language centers across the UK and indeed across Europe, that language learning is up. We're not talking about people doing a whole degree in languages, but people going on evening courses -- English courses particularly."

In Spain, some of those studying English hope for jobs in Britain or the United States. But others want to work for international companies with offices in Spain. Many companies now require workers to be bilingual.

Dominic Campbell is an American who lives in Madrid and teaches English part time.

DOMINIC CAMPBELL: "It's a lot of jobs now are actually mandatory that you know at least two languages and a lot of them actually want at least Spanish and English. And, a lot of them are asking for Spanish, English and French -- especially airlines."

Mr. Campbell says many of his students thought speaking Spanish was enough.

DOMINIC CAMPBELL: "They just think, you know, 'My English is poor, I don't want to speak it, I don't want to learn how to speak it. I've got Spanish, that's all I need.'"

But people also need jobs. More than forty percent of Spaniards in their twenties are out of work. Inigo Gomez  has a degree in education.

INIGO GOMEZ: "I'm a teacher, and I couldn't find a job here. So I think it's a good idea to go to the United Kingdom and try to find a job as a Spanish teacher."

And while he does that, many Spaniards for the first time will be spreading their new education in English at home.

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. I'm Bob Doughty.

网友的学习评论(36条):
7-21-2011 13:54:33
English become more and more important on hunting for a job at home. Not only foreign company, but also native company wants to hire a person who is bilingual.This give more pressure on employee and seems it becomes and already be a national activity to learn English in China.
作者:Melody
7-21-2011 13:58:24
The motive to learn English is to get a better job . English education become more impoortant than the past years . And it is wisely spoken everywhere in the world . Even in China , a lot of kindergardens are having the basic English classes . To master at least two languages will be helpful to seek for the suitable job in the society nowadays .
作者:Scarly
7-21-2011 14:50:18
students of my age might be start learning engish from junior high school. from that time to now, though i like english very much, my attitude of learning english well is not to communicate with others,not to visit foreign countries, not to master a second language,is just to pass the exam and get a high score, so i could pass all the large exams i will face in future.
作者:Scarly
7-21-2011 14:58:38
when i realized that one day, english that i have mastered can give me more chances to finding a good job, i know i must pay more attention to english study from that time on.today, we all known that english is a key to knock the gate of jobs, and it's also a tendency to learn english all around the world. because nowadays, either the national companies or the international firms, english is an necessary tools to reading materials, to writing e-mails, to communite with foreign colleagues.
作者:Scarly
7-21-2011 15:9:51
it is obviously that this is the result of globalization. in our country, especially in the year of 2008, all of our nation studied english to welcome the beijing olympic games.from the little children to the old people,from blue-collar workers to white-collars, are all join the army of learning english.from that time on,there are enormous english training institutions appeared in the society.this is the chance that enlish take to them,and this is also the chance that globalization take to them.
作者:Scarly
7-21-2011 17:23:20
on the other hand, after more than ten years of english learning, only few students can speak and use this language fluently and professionally.so a certain change in our nation's school teaching method should be taken.therefore, our school learning would be more effective and the time and energy we spend on english learning would be shorter and shorter.
7-22-2011 9:53:37
It is a very clear tendency to use English for all the pepole in this earth. After all,we all must be live for our lives,by the way,we have to communicate with many and many pepole. English language is spoken by the major countries and regions . I think, if we give up this language,we are be cripple in our bodies.
作者:wonderful
7-22-2011 12:43:44
spanish is important,but English is more important.The world is globalization.if they dont learn new things ,they will cant catch up with us.nobody will know who spanish is.
作者:Lily
7-22-2011 17:9:28
we all know english very important and we all want to grasp it, but it's not easy that we can turely grasp it and use it expertly. how can we learn to speak english fluently but without the language environment? of course now the society in china have big change, we have a lot of chance to communicate with foreigner, normally if we are bold we can make a progress quickly.
作者:sour lemon
7-23-2011 2:53:48
know more language will helpful...especially for working outside ones...English is just a basic language , it useful all over the world...learn it well..
作者:sunilla
7-23-2011 10:51:29
language just help us open the world door but you give up learan english you will lost the chang that waik to the wold.
作者:lynne
7-23-2011 11:29:38
In modern society,we must have enough gumption to learn and absorb more information from the outside.Otherwise,we will be knocked out the most of the other competitor.
作者:luna
7-23-2011 14:14:48
English is very important , in my standpoint if you learn English well that you can hunt for a job in a foreign company and you can gain more money !
作者:anna
7-24-2011 12:38:56
English is very famous
作者:sunny
7-24-2011 16:47:9
English is one importance of our life.We can get more infermation from TV,radio,Newspaper,Internet,etc.These medias report in English sometimes.We can learn and improve English in anywhere,at anytime,if we never give up.
作者:Zhongwei
7-24-2011 16:59:2
"...listed Spain is a "low proficiency" country in English. Spain ranked just below Italy and just above Taiwan."Why foreign media always make the mistake that lifting Taiwan,a province of China up to thecountry's altitude?
作者:Liza
7-24-2011 17:37:34
Yes,English is very important now.We should learn it better.
作者:zhengquanxi
7-25-2011 19:4:49
I try to learn it and hope to keep
作者:jingjing
7-26-2011 15:3:59
i guaduate from school,but i never give up learning english.i hope one day i can work in foreign company.
作者:kiTe
7-26-2011 16:18:57
what's the meaning of"About a fifth of the world speaks Spanish"
作者:小枇杷
7-27-2011 14:34:50
From now i will spent more time on my poor english. leave away from computer games.
作者:cane1991
7-28-2011 12:50:2
In order to improve competitive power,learning english well is nessesary!
7-28-2011 16:55:42
Great,English is getting more important. So we should try to use the language.
作者:Ricardo
7-28-2011 21:58:36
It's disaster if the people all flood to the English class, only to find out that Britain and the States also witness a high unemployment rate. Language was born from everyday life. When it becomes a way of making money, it doesn't make much sense. Think about this: you get a job because you know several languages, you speak words, and you make money from this? It's ridiculous! You didn't even understand your mother tongue to a perfect degree---
作者:lane
7-29-2011 8:9:15
Besides English,learning a second foreign language is becoming a tendency.
作者:yes
7-29-2011 10:39:41
Nowdays English is very significent,but i think this just the chinese government promote it.Engish maybe knock the gate of job,however,we use it very widely?NO,actually,most of us don't use it very widely,even some of them never use it.At last we just foget and give up it.This just is waste of time.of course we can't deny the importance of the Engish.But everything is just moderrate.Do you think?
作者:Azura
7-29-2011 11:55:45
Like flood pouring into our garden ,English has seriously influenced our daily life .We all konw that we should learn English .Well ,the problem is "how should we learn it"?
作者:feirose
8-1-2011 15:27:42
English is such important for us,not only how to use english but also read english artcil,sometimes just for one new word that can make yuo not undanstance how it that take about .so from now I must work hard to learn enlish that just to know how it say about.
作者:yuanyuan
8-2-2011 8:14:24
though it is hard to study english,i have to keep on doing it.in fact,i hope to find a better job after i master it.
作者:believe
8-2-2011 16:49:6
after reading the words above all, i see many people's english is very well. and someone don't agree we should learn english well just because we don't use it usually. this is right, but it can give us more opportunities to find a better job, also can give us another way to make a live. in a word, learning english well is not harm for us just good for us, so if having time and energy, we should learn english well.
作者:believe
8-2-2011 16:49:15
anyone of us is not going to do one job or one kind of job, english can offer us another experience in our life and also a comfortable life. actually, i am now going to learn it well
作者:Maybe
8-2-2011 20:2:15
though english is very important ,i have not embition to studay it very well .I don't know if i can study english very well in the future ,because i think the english word is not easy to remember.But i hope my english can be better day after day.
作者:huang
8-3-2011 10:14:24
scine having a work I have not studied english.sometime i happen to some foreigners i know i isn't good at english.so i need lern english now.
作者:vera
8-3-2011 23:3:20
Now I have worked more than two years,I always remember once I lost my opportunity because my poor english,at that before I considered my english was good,because I past the CET-6 at school.I know I was wrong.Now I try my best study english at spare time,because I konw what I need.
作者:promise
8-4-2011 17:2:54
learning english needs perseverance,patience,and passion,we everyone should spare no effort to learn english well in order to guarantee a better life
作者:sharon
8-20-2011 9:20:38
I like English,although I am old now.I like reading English books in original English.So it is important to learn english,or I can not enjoy the original english books.
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