Education Secretary Leonor Briones met with Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas in a courtesy call last August to “renew ties for the promotion and teaching of Spanish language and culture in the Philippines.”
DepEd said Moragas expressed Spain’s intention to “continuously work” with the Philippine government through the agency “by enhancing collaboration on teacher training” through their Language Assistance Program (LAP). “Through this program, Spain shall hire around 200 teachers every year to teach the English language in Spain,” DepEd said.
Moragas, DepEd noted, said that Spain regularly conducts seminars for LAP participants and “they aim to partner with DepEd so that these seminars would be organized and certified by the Department.” DepEd explained that the Spanish government “proposed for a pilot test for 10 individuals from 2020 to 2021 and a possible memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the partnership.”
DepEd added that Moragas also proposed that the country’s education department should send teachers to Spain for cultural exchange “since the Philippines lacks Spanish language teachers.”
Briones expressed openness to the proposals. “We appreciate you for taking the initiative in visiting us and sharing the state of Spanish language teaching,” Briones said during the courtesy call. “As you know, we are offering it at the high school level,” she added – referring to DepEd’s Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).
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