The deep economic crisis in Spain and record levels of unemployment have made people aware of the importance of speaking English, particularly as more Spanish people are seeking employment in the UK.
Unfortunately, the standard of English teaching in Spanish schools is lamentably inadequate. Although the children learn to read and write English, there is very little oral tuition and they do not hear the language spoken. As a result, the children lack the confidence for conversation and their pronunciation is very bad. English and American films shown on Spanish TV are dubbed in Spanish and for this reason I have suggested to the parents that they get DVDs of some classic English children’s films such as ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Five Children and “It”’ which are available from amazon.es.
Because the children were so reluctant to speak English, I taught them a number of simple songs, including the old American song “I bought me a cat”, which they enjoy and are able to sing with confidence.