Closer ties boost for Spanish learners
Closer ties between China and Spanish-speaking countries have boosted the number of people learning the language in China, according to experts. “There will be more Chinese people learning Spanish with the closer ties between China and Spanish-speaking countries,” said Dario Villanueva, director of Real Academia Espanola, during his recent visit to Shanghai. China included Spanish in the country’s senior high school curriculum in September. “In the next six years, there might be 10 percent of all China’s high-schoolers learning Spanish, which will enhance the need for Spanish teachers and teaching materials,” Villanueva said. Real Academia Espanola and Shanghai International Studies University recently signed an agreement to build a research center for Spanish language promotion in China.