The Challenges of Spanish Language Teaching in Multilingual India: A Case Study of Delhi

Dhiraj Kumar Rai 1 *

PEDAGOGICAL RES, Volume 2, Issue 2, Article No: 05.

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The multilingual surrounding of Spanish Language Teaching (SLT) in India has presented a unique linguistic principle. This principle relies upon the application of English language instructions (as FL1) to combine several methods for teaching-learning Spanish language (as FL2). However, the effectiveness and appropriateness of this linguistic principle, whereby English language instructions are used for SLT, remain undiagnosed. In fact, the technique of SLT in India needs to take into account the local linguistic or dialectical make-up of the actual or potential learners. As such, the process of Spanish Language acquisition in India as inspired by an exposure to local languages/dialects needs to be creatively explored. Furthermore, the recently increasing entries of specific Spanish words/terms in the Indian ‘popular language usage’, and their implications for SLT in India require to be sufficiently investigated. This article aims at filling in the above-mentioned lacunae by conducting a case study of the status of Spanish Language Teaching in Delhi. It draws the conclusion that the maximum flexibility in the process of eclectically mixing various pedagogical methods of SLT could go a long way in motivating and benefitting both the teachers as well as the students, thereby enhancing the overall efficiency of SLT in multilingual India.


Spanish language teaching, multilingualism, Indian local dialects, linguistics




Rai, D. K. (2017). The Challenges of Spanish Language Teaching in Multilingual India: A Case Study of Delhi. Pedagogical Research, 2(2), 05.

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