Spain and US exchange more language assistants in push for bilingualism

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The Spanish and US governments have agreed to recruit more English-Spanish assistants from each other’s countries as a means of strengthening bilingual education in both countries.

Published: Sep 23, 2022 15:57 CEST

Spanish Education Minister Pilar Alegria and U.S. Ambassador to Spain Julissa Reinoso.Photo: Spanish Government

Spanish Education Minister Pilar Alegria and U.S. Ambassador to Spain Julissa Reinoso met on Wednesday and signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen educational cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement had previously been signed by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. He tweeted: [Spanish] Ambassador [Santiago] Cabanas, I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the study of the Spanish language and culture in the United States, and the study of English in Spain. ”

In fact, this is an update of the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Spain, which has facilitated the movement of both conversational assistants and students between the two countries in recent years.

The purpose of this latest memorandum is to further strengthen student-teacher exchange programs and promote bilingual and multicultural education in both education systems.

Precise details about the number of additional language assistants that will be subsidized to participate in the program have not yet been provided.

Several Recruitment source for teachers Currently, it suggests the number of North American language assistants (including Canadians) heading to Spain each year is between 2,000 and 2,500.

The Spanish government has said that figure will be around 4,500 by 2023. This represents a significant increase in the number of US and Canadian citizens who can apply through the NALCAP program, which stands for Spanish North American Language and Cultural Assistants.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairsto participate in the program, US candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen and have a valid passport
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or are currently enrolled as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year undergraduate student. Applicants may also have an associate’s degree or be a student at the Community Her College in their final semester.
  • have native-like English proficiency
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Do a clean background check
  • Be between 18 and 60 years old.
  • Have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish (recommended)

NALCAP recipients receive a monthly scholarship of €700-1,000 and Spanish medical insurance.

Application dates for 2023 are generally announced in late November.Learn more about his NALPAC program for US citizens here here.

according to Fulbright Program, one of several U.S. cultural exchange programs that organize the recruitment of U.S. citizens to Spain. A week, in addition, he includes a two-hour planning and coordination meeting. Responsibilities include teaching assistants in English in subjects such as social studies, science and technology, arts, physical education, and English. ”

read more: Pros and Cons of Being an English Assistant in Spain

There are currently more than 1,000 Spanish teachers working as visiting teachers in the United States, according to the government of Moncloa, Spain, but it has not yet announced how many more it will hire in 2023.

In addition, currently more than 1,000 North American students participate in overseas educational activities (or Acción Educativa ExteriorAEE).

Canadian applicants can find out more about working as a language assistant in Spain. NALCAP Canada website. Spain and US exchange more language assistants in push for bilingualism

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