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The argument for Spanish in Catalan schools

Catalan children arriving at school.

Catalan nationalists have made the question of teaching language into a central pillar of identity, defining those who dissent as unpatriotic – a deadly argument for any political debate. This is the second article in a two-part series.

December 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

The ‘Spanishization’ crusade of José Ignacio Wert


The Spanish government claims its education reform is based on human rights and raising academic standards. But other motives become apparent in a law that seeks to roll back the use of Catalan in the northern region’s schools. This is the first article in a two-part series.

December 17th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

What will I be when I grow up…in Spain?

"I was horrified. The Spanish me was a bore..."

If your jokes translate badly and you find you’re a bore in a foreign language, don’t worry, you’re not the first.

May 9th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Iberoblog, Spain Expat | Read More »

How language learning loses its way

Motivation is the key to language learning.

Despite the wealth of intensive courses and methods available to those seeking to improve their language skills, the example of word-hungry children has plenty to teach us.

April 13th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

The solution to the Catalan problem?

Could a deal on language and money resolve Catalonia's differences with Madrid?

A possible pact involving fiscal controls and use of the Spanish language in schools might just soothe tensions between Madrid and Barcelona.

November 11th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

If language be the food of understanding, talk on

“Why are you interested in learning Arabic?” the teacher probed. It was a question intended to get us talking, to introduce ourselves and explain why we had chosen to give up two hours of our lives twice a week to sit in a drab high school classroom in Palma de Mallorca. For travel, said some […]

January 16th, 2010 | Posted in Culture | Read More »

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