Dora the Explorer is a kid show at Nickelodeon which my kids would always watch in the morning, where simple words were translated to Spanish while, Dora the main character and her animal friends go about solving puzzles and trekking with the Map. I have actually learned a few words and phrases mind you. Let me see?
Hola for Hello, Buenos Dias for Good morning, Gracias for thank you and De nada for you're welcome. Pretty amazing don't you think.
What if most of our professionals know and speak more than 3 languages, would that mean that we have an edge and what it takes to be globally capable of conducting ourselves in our profession even outside our countries.
With these in light, the Department of Education have come up with a summer program for our teachers to develop themselves in the form of language and communication.
Some 113 public school teachers will go through a summer training course to hone diverse skills in learning and teaching Spanish as a second language under the Department of Education’s Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the training is part of DepEd’s continuing thrust to equip its teaching force with additional knowledge to impart to their students. “I think it is important to teach one of the world’s more widely-spoken languages to our students as part of their preparation for the global arena,” Luistro added.
The summer program on SPFL will run from April 16 to May 28 at the Instituto Cervantes, Manila at T.M. Kalaw Street in Ermita, Manila. DepEd is implementing the program with support from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Instituto Cervantes and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).
The training program will be participated in by secondary school teachers from selected public schools nationwide. Each division is sending two participants while three new expansion schools namely Bacolod/Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao will send three each.
The SPFL aims to develop students’ skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking and viewing as fundamental to acquiring communicative competence in a second foreign language. In SY 2009-2010, the SPFL was piloted in selected public secondary schools with Spanish, French and Japanese. In SY 2010-2011, German was added to the list of foreign languages offered.
According to DepEd, globalization has prompted countries to level up their competitive edge in job opportunities by making its citizens learn some of the world’s most widely-used languages such as Spanish.
SPFL is implemented in public high schools whose students have demonstrated competence in English and are capable of learning another foreign language.