The Spanish Language in Ireland.
Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, 6 (2).
This article provides an overview of the situation of Spanish in the Irish educational system and in wider society. Spain
enjoys positive attitudes among Irish people, helped by the considerable amount of property in that country purchased by
Irish during the past few years. The Spanish language has over the years experienced mixed fortunes as regards its place in
Irish education. Recently, however, there has been a moderate increase in the numbers studying Spanish across all sectors.
Other European languages have lost students, while uptake for Spanish has increased. Numbers studying Spanish lag far
behind those studying French, however, and in fact there is a general tendency towards a decrease in the study of languages
nationally. The future is problematic, since any weakening of the requirement that those seeking admission to the
National University of Ireland must have studied foreign languages will tend to detract from their status. Another factor
that is very hard to predict is the effect of mass immigration - there are now over 100 languages spoken in Ireland - on
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