This post has been brewing for a while now as over the past couple of years in Spain there have unfortunately been more and more of these desperate conversations.
I need my B1, pero ya. (right now)
I’m graduating in two months, if I get my B1 by then.
If I don’t get my B2, schools won’t even look at my CV.
She failed her teaching exam, but got a job because she had a B2 in English. How can that be fair?
Changes to the European education system and the implementation of the Plan Bolonia mean that most university graduates are required to have proof of a B1 level in a second language. Reform to the Spanish education system mean that many schools are now implementing bilingual streams, requiring their teachers to have a minimum of a B2 level.
Whilst in the long-term I believe that this has a number of benefits, it means that during this period of adjusting to the new demands, many people are suddenly finding themselves in desperate need of an official qualification in English, leading to an increase in learners who are
learning the language taking classes for all the wrong reasons and as such struggling to improve.