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Spanish occupies the first position in the English baccalaureate

London / Spanish occupies the first position in English high school for the first time, according to an annual language report, published this Monday by the British Council.

It was the predominant language in the exams for the end of high school in England, the so-called A-levels, with an increase of 5% in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the “Language Trends 2020”.

Between the years 2018 and 2019, Spanish students, both in the end-of-baccalaureate exams -the A-Levels- and in the GCSE exams, which are taken at the end of Key Stage 4 (British high school), increased by 7.5 percent, compared to 4% of those who opted for French.

The total number of students who took the Spanish exam at GCSE in 2019 was 96,811 and A-levels 7,932.

That document also predicted that Spanish “will surpass French as the most popular language in 2030, or earlier, if current trends continue,” citing data from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

“The figures of the study of foreign languages ​​are still small, but the fact that Spanish occupies the first position for the first time in history is indicative of profound changes,” said the director of the Cervantes Institute in London, Ignacio Peyró, in a statement.

He added that these changes “tell us about the growing weight of the Spanish-speaking world and its counterpart in a country used to thinking globally, such as Great Britain.”

The Language Trends is the annual study on trends in foreign language teaching in England, commissioned by the British Council.

This study provides data on which languages ​​are taught in secondary schools -both in those financed with public funds and in private schools- in the different educational stages.

The Cervantes Institute and the British Council signed in November 2019 their first collaboration agreement on a global scale. (June 30, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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del British Council de forma genérica.
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más de cien mil alumnos hicieron un examen de español de GCSE.
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aumentó el número de personas que se examinaron de español en el bachillerato inglés.
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los estudiantes del bachillerato inglés hicieron más exámenes de francés que de español.
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se espera que el español sea más popular que el francés dentro de una década.
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no es la primera vez que el idioma español ocupa ese primer lugar, según ese estudio.
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un uno por ciento de los estudiantes se examinaron de español.
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ese estudio lo realiza el British Council y el Instituto Cervantes cada dos años.
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