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English top of extracurricular classes in Spain

Parents in Spain are spending up to €350 per child for extracurricular tutoring. The number one skill the students are being taught in this way? English, followed by other languages and then music.

The question being asked by Spanish educator and philosopher Gregorio Luri is: are Spanish schools failing its children?

This comes on the back of research, as reported in The Local, carried out by Esade’s Centre for Economic Policies, that found that 47% of Spanish children are receiving lessons outside of school, with their families paying an average of €270 per year per subject.

The figures are startling: 56% of Basque Country students are enrolled in private classes, 51% of Valencia and Castilla y León students, and 41% of those in Madrid. Based on these numbers, Juan Manuel Moreno, professor of education at Spain’s National University of Distance Education (UNED) and co-author of the report, was quoted by The Local as saying, ”It would be necessary to analyse how English is taught in schools.”

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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