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The Welsh headquarters of organisations that promote Spanish and German have been officially launched by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams today (Thurs 21st Sept).

First published:
21 September 2017
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The Spanish Embassy Education Office & Goethe Institut Offices will be based at Cardiff University. They have each received £10,000 of Welsh Government funding to set up in the city.

In December the Education Secretary signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Spanish Government which included an agreement to support, increase and improve the teaching of Spanish in Wales.

The Goethe-Institut promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. In the UK German Teacher Awards 2017, two of the three winners were teachers from Wales.

The support is part of the Welsh Government’s Global Futures plan to promote modern foreign languages for pupils and students.

Kirsty Williams said:

“I  am  delighted to  celebrate  the  launch  of  the  Goethe  Institut  and  Spanish  Embassy  Education  Office’s  presence  at  Cardiff  University.

“We want more of our pupils and learners to  recognise  the  importance  of  modern  foreign  languages  and  the  significant  life  and  career  opportunities  they  can  provide. Our aim is to improve the  learning  and  teaching  experience  of  modern  foreign  languages  in  our  schools,  to  make  them subjects  that  more  choose  to  study  at  GCSE,  A-level  and  at  university.

“I  want  our young people  to  become  global  citizens,  able  to  speak  to  people  in  other  languages  and  to understand  and  appreciate  their own and other  cultures.”