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Old 06-29-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Is Spanish a required language in some Canadian schools? Are there Canadian communities where Spanish speakers make up a large part of the population?
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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No, it is not required as part of curriculum in general. Once students reach a certain age (generally around 13), they can choose to take an additional language (instead of French or alongside French in some schools), if Spanish is offered. It isn't common in Vancouver, but it is growing in popularity here in Montreal. There is a growing Hispanic population in Quebec, probably because French is easier to learn for a Spanish speaker.

My son attends preschool here in Quebec (not Montreal) and 30 minutes of Spanish is offered once a week (they're 3, so that's pretty much it) with a bit of Spanish thrown in here & there during regular class hours.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I don't know of anywhere where it would be mandatory in public schools. But it's often an option in high school in addition to the ''other'' Canadian official language which is always the main second language that is offered.

Note that I think every single private high school in Quebec pretty much offers Spanish as a third language within the regular program.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I took Spanish in high school, but it wasn't mandatory.
What an incredibly easy language to learn! Piece of cake.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Is Spanish a required language in some Canadian schools? Are there Canadian communities where Spanish speakers make up a large part of the population?
No and no.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:24 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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I want to learn Spanish. I wish I could do it for free.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:36 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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In the metropolitan Vancouver region there are approximately 30,000 folks for whom Spanish is their first language. There are quite a few more who speak Spanish as a second language now as a passed down hereditary language to folks in the interior and northern regions of the province because those areas were settled quite early in the history of BC by a lot of Spanish speaking immigrants.

Spanish is not a required language in schools in Canada, it is an optional language just like several other languages.

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Old 07-01-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Jesusland
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Spanish is irrelevant in Canada. You rarely hear it on the streets.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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In the metropolitan Vancouver region there are approximately 30,000 folks for whom Spanish is their first language.
I'm surprised there is that many.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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I'm surprised there is that many.
Well .... It's probably more accurate to say GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional District) and the Fraser Valley towns, rather than to say just the Vancouver metropolitan area.
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