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July 12, 2013

Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom?

spain-protests.jpgEnglish language schools in the UK and Ireland are seeing no dropoff in the numbers of students from Spain this summer, despite the dire state of their country's economy. And according to this article in The New Statesman, the picture is similar at home.

Take a trip on Madrid’s Metro during the morning rush hour and you will be struck by two things: the number of suited commuters burying their heads in English language textbooks, and the amount of wall space taken up by private schools, or academias, advertising English courses.

Twenty-seven per cent of the population is unemployed; that’s over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others. While many here struggle to make ends meet, while angry protests against politicians, austerity and banks take place almost daily, English language schools have never had it so good.

Andalusia has been hit very hard by the crisis. With a local unemployment rate of 35.4 per cent, the demand for English lessons is high. Until last July, Pilar, a resident of Seville who studied law at university, worked for a property development company. "I was there for six years, during the construction boom," she says. "When I started there were 44 of us. Now there are only two."

Read the full story from The New Statesman.

(Photograph: Getty Images)

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Great article.

The need for qualified English teachers for these students is larger than ever. All that is needed is fluency in English and a professional level TEFL certification (TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

For a brochure on how to become TEFL certified and teach English around the world, here's a brochure to find out more:

http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/dowload-free-TEFL-certification-brochure

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