Closer ties boost for Span­ish learn­ers

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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