Spanish Profs Train Pinoy Teachers on Language Teaching

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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) with the support of the Government of Spain, through the actions of the Ministry of Education of Spain, Instituto Cervantes and the Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional Para el Desarollo (AECID), trained select public school teachers from 54 schools nationwide in teaching the Spanish language.

"This is part of the continuing partnership between the Philippine Government and the Government of Spain," said Education Secretary Armin Luistro. "This time, they will learn about advance methodological content and strategies in teaching the language."

The 102 teachers were trained by professors from Universidad de Salamanca provided for by the Ministry of Education of Spain. Training was conducted at Instituto Cervantes in Manila and at the Ecotech Center in Cebu until October 29.

Javier Menendez, Education Advisor of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines wrote, "I am sure our mutual understanding and collaboration shall result in a most beneficial in-service training for the Philippine teachers of Spanish."

Grants will also be provided later on to allow teachers to attend intensive or summer training and professional development courses organized by Spanish universities.

Of the number of teacher-trainees, 27 teachers from the pilot schools took the advance methodological content and strategy at the Instituto Cervantes with another 44 from expansion schools in Luzon taking the methodology course. Some 31 teachers from Visayas and Mindanao will take the methodology course in Cebu.

Schools are selected based on their achievement levels in English from the National Achievement Test. One or two teachers from each identified schools are sent for training.

EMPOWERING THE TEACHERS

Published through DepEd Memorandum number 445 series of 2010 last October 12, the training aims to capacitate the teachers on: linguistic command of Spanish in grammar and vocabulary aspects from functional communicative approach; available resources to integrate culture content in Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) class; methodological approaches for teaching-learning SFL and offering patterns for the design and implementation of activities; communicative competence in real contexts of Spanish usage, by consolidating the competencies of each major skill (reading, writing,listening, and speaking); and Spanish culture and civilization, in order to contribute to a better understanding of the country and its people's way of life. …