Yesterday a lovely lady who teaches French in the local college told me that the school she works at is planning to offer a new course from next year. The languages taught will be English, German and Spanish. However, until now it has always been French, not Spanish. What’s wrong with Spanish then? Nothing, apart from the fact that businesses in this area hardly ever look for staff with Spanish language skills.From mid October until mid November 2011 I have kept an eye on the vacancies for sales executives in the area where I live. English is always a must. If you read on, you usually get ‘fluent in French’ and/or ‘excellent German’, but I have seen Spanish mentioned twice only. Out of hundreds and hundreds of job adverts.Of course I do not want to say that people should not study Spanish. It is a great language and of course it can always be useful. However, I think that a school should consider its local environment before deciding which languages they want to offer to students. Spanish is becoming increasingly popular, but ‘language fashion’ is not the only factor that people making those decisions should consider. If a student chooses a school rather than another to become more employable, I believe it is the school’s duty to provide them with the best tools for their future.
Any thoughts on this, anyone?