Spain is divided into several ‘states’ or ‘Comunidades Autónomas’, which share power on education with the central government. Several of these ‘states’ are officially bilingual and Spain in general, has a lot of non-native inhabitants and students .
In the past, the use of the local national languages were forbidden or discouraged. But recently the government developed a system for increasing the knowledge, use, and status of those local national languages.
As in Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque Countries, also in the Valencian Community, students have courses in two languages (here: Spanish or Castilian and Valencian or Catalan) and still must be able to pass their national exam of Spanish (Castilian). The results are astonishing as in the bilingual education the results for that national examen of Spanish are above the national average. This indicates that bilingual teaching, enhances the learning of both languages. Additionally, a lot of the students are non-native a speak a different language at home (Arabic, Berber, an African or Indian language…). In this course we have a look at how schools tackle this interesting situation.