My thoughts on El Plan Bolonia
I’m a linguist: I like languages, I’ve always enjoyed learning languages and thankfully, I’ve always been quite good at learning languages. However, if someone had told me that at the start of my university degree I would have to run a half-marathon in order to complete my studies, I don’t know what I would have done.
There’s a lot of talk in Spain at the moment regarding B1 and El Plan Bolonia – students must now have a B1 level in a foreign language in order to complete their university degree. Great news for us teachers, partly as students are coming to us to study for PET, and also as we now have long-term, attainable goals within our academies. It also means that saying, “English will be very useful in your future” has more oompf than it perhaps did in the past.
However, on the other hand, I’m a little concerned. I see students in my classes who aren’t linguists, who don’t have a natural affinity for languages and who will really struggle to get a B1 level. Are we effectively denying them the opportuinty of further education by insisting that they have a B1 level?