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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 Iberoblog, Featured | 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 Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

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

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 Iberoblog, Expats, Spain Expat | Read More »

How language learning loses its way

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 Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

The solution to the Catalan problem?

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 Politics, Featured, 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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