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The results were criticised by British Council Spain, however. Mark Levy, head of English and schools in the country, said survey respondents were over 45 years old, so the ‘results don’t represent the real level of English language in the country’. He added, ‘Data is focused on people who didn’t have English language classes in school because they used to learn French,’ but now that Spanish children study in bilingual schools and have higher levels of English, they are losing the ‘fear factor’ because ‘they are more used to the English language now’, Europa Press reported.
Mark Levy was interviewed in the RNE, Spain’s national public radio regarding this issue. You can listen to the interview (in Spanish) here
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