The Spanish see the importance of knowing English practically as importantly as the language itself.
88% of the Nielsen survey group stated that knowing English is very important.
Only 30% of the survey group actually had attended some type of training over the last year. Taking all learning delivery methods into account, the favourite is still to have classes with a language school or academy. In second place were online courses.
The motive for these people to study English is simply the ever increasing need to speak it and most people in the survey group said that English is now a requirement within the professional world.
In order to improve their language level, the people in the survey want to practice their spoken English with people from English speaking countries.
Everyone in the survey stated that people should start learning the language from an early age.
The moral of the survey is that 88% of people questioned said that English is important but only 30% of them were studying it. As most people surveyed said that it is a requirement in the professional field, this percentage will increase because of job offers requiring English as a prerequisite skill.
The demand for English as a work skill has increased to 40%.
According to a recently published study (October 2011) conducted by Centro de Estudios CCC, Info Jobs and E-learning y Distancia, 40% of job offers in the Marketing, Communication, Engineering, Legal, Business Administration and Technology (IT included) sectors are demanding a good level of English. 20% of all other jobs demand English.
As getting a job is important and the number of jobs that demand English is on the rise, people are taking English far more seriously than before because it has become an essential skill.
This is why teaching English in Spain is becoming very popular again.
I see this every week because EBC’s free classes given to locals in our training centres are always over-subscribed. Spain needs to learn our language so there is a healthy demand for English teachers.
Spain is doing what it takes to position itself for when the recovery begins, which we all hope is soon. English is an essential skill that will empower Spanish companies to export all over the world.
Yes there is a crisis in Spain, but it is largely focused on construction and construction related sectors. Most other sectors are largely unharmed and are now starting to export their way to profitability. This is the reason that the demand for you, a prospective English teacher, is on the rise.