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Basque in Spain

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Colegio Urdaneta

Aranzadi Ikastola

Aranzadi Ikastola

Etorkizuna Ikastola

Axular Lizeoa

Axular Lizeoa

Ondarroako Zaldupe Herri Ikastetcea

Colegio Urdaneta

Arizmendi Ikastola 

San Benito Ikastola

Etorkizuna Ikastola

Axular Lizeoa

Usabalgo Laskorain Ikastola

Ondarroako Zaldupe Herri Ikastetcea

Beasain BHI

 

Otxandio Herri ikastexea

Eguzkibegi Ikastola

 

San Benito Ikastola

IES Elorrio BHI

 

Urretxu-zumarraga ikastola

Kurtzebarri BHI

Usabalgo Laskorain Ikastola

San Benito Ikastola

Zubi Zahar Ikastola

Txingudi Ikastola

Urretxu-zumarraga ikastola

Usabalgo Laskorain Ikastola

Zubi Zahar Ikastola

Antigua-Luberri


 

Use Minority language as

We use the minority language of our region as medium of instruction (to teach subjects other than the language itself such as mathematics gymnastics history etc.) 

Contact person

Xabier Alberdi

E-mail

alberdibidaguren@irakasle.net

Website

http://www.antigua-luberri.net

Total number of teachers

-

Total number of pupils

-

Languages taught as a subject

Spanish, English, French 

Languages of instruction

Basque 

Languages used outside formal lessons

Basque and Spanish 

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing, Mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good, the local government support the minority language 

Quality of the teaching material

Good, we have been working on teaching material for some years now

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues, translations / adaptations, publishing houses

Information about teaching materials, e.g. websites

-

Projects concerning multilingualism

We have a multilingual project going on; the first rt of the Secondary school they can learn some subjects in French and in the last two years they can have some subjects in English. 

Contacts with other schools abroad

-

Main problem regarding minority language education

The overwhelming presence of Spanish in society.

Themes to address in joint (European) projects with other schools

-

Remarks

-

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Beasain BHI


 

Use Minority language as

We use the minority language of our region as medium of instruction

Contact person

Maite Fresnillo

E-mail

beasainip(a)beasainip.net

Website

www.beasainip.net

Total number of teachers

110

Total number of pupils

920

Languages taught as a subject

Basque, English, Spanish

Languages of instruction

Basque and English (multilingual)

Languages used outside formal lessons

Spanish and Basque

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing, Mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good

Quality of the teaching material

Good

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues, publishing houses

Information about teaching materials, e.g. websites

Some of our teacher have taken part in the translation of materials published in different web sites. Members of the school board work in the production of interactive materials in Basque.

Projects concerning multilingualism

We have been involved in a multilingual project for seven years now. Students choose voluntarily if they want to be involved in this programme or not. The evolution is towards an increase in the number of students who make this option.

Contacts with other schools abroad

Yes, we have started a series of exchanges to reinforce English use.

Main problem regarding minority language education

I think it is not a problem in our community any longer.

Themes to address in joint (European) projects with other schools

Any information about situations or the possibilities of joining project together would be a nice option for our students and our educational community.

Remarks


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Colegio Urdaneta


 

Contact person

Rosa Maria Mugarza

E-mail

intercambios(a)colegiourdaneta.com

Website

www.colegiourdaneta.com

Total number of teachers

130

Total number of pupils

1800

Languages taught as a subject

Spanish, English, French

Languages of instruction

Basque, Spanish

Languages used outside formal lessons

Spanish and some Basque

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Reasonable; we could have more.

Quality of the teaching material

Reasonable

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues, publishing houses

Remarks

We have started working on eTwinning and we've got some projects going on and contacts.

Main problem regarding minority language education:
Some teachers are not ready or just don't want to.

Possible solutions:
Go step by step.

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Etorkizuna Ikastola


 

Contact person

Begoña Garaizar

E-mail

arraina(a)irakasle.net

Website

www.etorkizunaikastola.org

Total number of teachers

18

Total number of pupils

175 

Languages of instruction

Basque, Spanish, English

Teaching material

The quality of learning materials is good

Remarks

The main problem in our zone is how to encourage our pupils to use the Basque language outside of the curriculum, for example in the playground, extracurricular activities, sports etc. In our town most people are Spanish speakers.

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Ondarroako Zaldupe Herri Ikastetcea


Contact person

Ainhoa Onaindia

E-mail

zubiz(a)irakalse.net

Website

www.ondarruep.net

Total number of teachers

32

Total number of pupils

 

Languages of instruction

Basque, Spanish

Teaching material

Availability and quality of teaching material is good.

Remarks

 

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Zubi Zahar Ikastola


Contact person

Idoia Barinaga or Tere Larreina

E-mail

zubieleanitz.ondarroa(a)ikastola.net

Website

www.zubizahar.net

Total number of teachers

26

Total number of pupils

310 

Languages of instruction

Basque, Spanish

Teaching material

The availability and quality of teaching material is good.

Remarks

Although Basque is a minority language our school is located in an area where 90% of the population are native speakers of Basque. There is influence of Spanish but it is not so great as to present a problem. Most pupils come from Basque speaking families. However, in our area most families speak a dialect of Basque and we teach the standard Basque which is what institutions accept as official. This, sometimes is a problem for students and parents.

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Otxandio Herri ikastexea


Contact person

Ana Goméz

E-mail

gomezrebanal(a)irakasle.net

Website


Total number of teachers

15

Total number of pupils

114

Languages of instruction

Basque

Teaching material

The availability and quality of teaching material is good.

Remarks

In this zone the pupils know the language, but they don't use it so much. Therefore we need more money to continue and improve our Basque Project, and more language teachers to help us.

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Arizmendi Ikastola


Contact person

Josebe Muruamendiaraz or Amaia Antero

E-mail

aantero(a)arizmendi.ikastola.net

Website

www.zubizahar.net

Total number of teachers

263

Total number of pupils

3052

Languages taught as a subject

Basque, Spanish, English, French, German

Languages of instruction

Basque

Languages used outside formal lessons

Spanish

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good 

Quality of the teaching material

Good; we have our own teaching materials prepared by the Confederation of Ikastolas (schools teaching in Basque.

Check www.ikastola.net for teaching materials.

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues 

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Eguzkibegi ikastola


Contact person

David Henderson

E-mail

ea21@eguzkibegi.net

Website

https://www.eguzkibegi.eus/

Total number of teachers

65

Total number of pupils

700

Languages of instruction

Basque, English, Spanish (and 5% French)

Teaching material

The quality and availability of Basque teaching material is good. There is both formal and informal material

Skills trained in the minority language of Basque

Reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Remarks

It is important that pupils use the minority language outside the classroom. Therefore it should be made relevant to their lives. Themes in the field of minority language education which we would like to address in joint (European) projects with other schools, would be the environment, fairtrade and developing communicative games.

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 IES Elorrio BHI


 

Contact person

Zorione Fundazuri

E-mail

zf(a)irakasle.net

Website

www.elorrioinstitutua.org

Total number of teachers

29

Total number of pupils

173

Languages of instruction

Basque, Spanish, English, French

Teaching material

The quality and availability of Basque teaching material is good.

Remarks

The main problem with the Basque language is the use of Basque outside of the school.

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Kurtzebarri BHI


Contact person

Ibone Amorrortu

E-mail

ibone(a)irakasle.net

Website

www.goieskola.net/kurtzebarribhi

Total number of teachers

26

Total number of pupils

144

Languages of instruction

Basque, Spanish, English, French

Teaching material

The quality and availability of Basque teaching material is reasonable.

Remarks

Although Basque is compulsory for our students , their level of proficiency in this language is not very good on average. Besides, they tend to use the minority language only for academic purposes and use Spanish for informal communication. We have just started a project called "Minority Languages in Europe" and are exchanging letters with an Italian school in Croatia, a Sardinian school and a Kurdish one.

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urretxu-zumarraga ikastola


 

Contact person

Jose Inazio Zamorano / Jose Zabala

E-mail

urretxu(a)ikastola.net

Website

www.uzikastola.net

Total number of teachers

70

Total number of pupils

800

Languages taught as a subject

English (3 hrs), Spanish (4 hrs), Basque (rest)

Languages of instruction

Basque

Languages used outside formal lessons

Spanish

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

The availability of teaching material is good

Quality of the teaching material

The quality of teaching material is good

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers, colleagues, publishing houses

Remarks

The main problem is that we are surrounded by powerful Spanish culture.

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San Benito Ikastola


 

Contact person

Iñaki Amundarain

E-mail

iamundarain(a)sanbenito.ikastola.net

Website

www.sanbenitoikastola.net

Total number of teachers

73

Total number of pupils

923

Languages taught as a subject

Basque (40%), English (25%), Spanish (20%), French (5%)

Languages of instruction

Basque (97%), English (3%)

Languages used outside formal lessons

Basque (85%), Spanish (15%)

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

The availability of teaching material is good. We have all the teaching materials required in Basque. The variety of additional materials, information... is not always so complete

Quality of the teaching material

The quality of teaching material is good; it is similar to the standards of any other language

Developers of the teaching material

Publishing houses

Remarks

Basque is the teaching language. We start with Spanish at the age of 8 years, and we teach it as a subject. English is taught since the age of 4 (4 hours a week), and when the students are 14, they start also studying social sciences in English. French is not compulsory: the students start with it when they are 12, with 2 hours per week.

We would be interested in knowing, in having exchanges, with other schools, with students of 16-17 (multiculturalism, languages, identity...)

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Axular Lizeoa


 

Contact person

Maria Jose Alonso or Inma Berasategi

E-mail

mjalonso(a)axular.ikastola.net 

iberasategi(a)axular.ikastola.net

Website

www.axular.net

Total number of teachers

50

Total number of pupils

800

Languages taught as a subject

Basque (80%), English (11%), Spanish (6%), French (optional, 2,3%)

Languages of instruction

Basque, English (Geography and History are taught in English to 14-16 year-old students, 3 hours a week)

Languages used outside formal lessons

Basque, Spanish

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good; the network of Basque schools (ikastolas) creates the teaching materials we use.

Quality of the teaching material

Good; the materials are tested in class and then revised

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers, colleagues, publishing houses

Remarks

Projects, as well as materials, come from the network of Basque schools.

Spanish is the majority language, so speaking Basque is not fashionable for our students. Therefore we have to make them aware of the importance of supporting and using Basque, so that our language and culture will survive.

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Aranzadi Ikastola


 

Contact person

Ane Barruso

E-mail

abarruso(a)bergara.ikastola.net

Website

www.aranzadiikastola.org

Total number of teachers

72

Total number of pupils

683

Languages taught as a subject

Spanish, French, English

Languages of instruction

Basque

Languages used outside formal lessons

Basque

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good

Quality of the teaching material

Good

Developers of the teaching material

Publishing houses

Remarks


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Usabalgo Laskorain Ikastola


 

Contact person

Helena Larrañaga

E-mail

elarranaga(a)laskorainikastola.net

Website

www.laskorainikastola.net

Total number of teachers

105

Total number of pupils

1400

Languages taught as a subject

Basque (3,5 hrs), Spanish (3,5 hrs), English (3,5 hrs), French (2 hrs)

Languages of instruction

Basque

Languages used outside formal lessons

Basque mainly, a bit Spanish

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good; we've got 40 years of experience teaching in Basque

Quality of the teaching material

Good

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues;
Publishing houses

Remarks

www.ikastola.net is the website of the federation of ikastolas (schools that teach in Basque). They've got a team who works in developing materials for teachers.

We have a school exchange project with Diwan school in Bretagne.

We would like to contact schools which would be interested in developing school exchanges with secondary students.

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Txingudi Ikastola


 

Contact person

Ana Aguirre Conde

E-mail

lola_aguirre(a)hotmail.com

Website

www.txingudibhi.net

Total number of teachers

62

Total number of pupils

496

Languages taught as a subject

English, Spanish and French

Languages of instruction

Basque

Languages used outside formal lessons

Basque and Spanish

Skills trained in the minority language

reading, listening, speaking, writing, mediation

Availability of the teaching material

Good; the importance of the Basque language has increased in the last years, so the creation of educational materials in Basque is increasing and improving as well in the same way.

Quality of the teaching material

Good; publishers are fighting to increase and share good quality materials among the schools to fill up all the necessities in different subjects and fields.

Developers of teaching material

teachers in the school or colleagues, publishing houses

Main problem regarding minority language education:

You have to organize your exchanges among the schools of your community if you want to develop the Basque language.

Possible solutions:

To contact schools of different countries but having English as the communicative language . This is what we do, in that way our students learn English and therefore they share the minority language of each country. They are getting in contact with three languages at the same time.

Remarks

Most of the projects developed in our school are concerned to English and Basque. We are part of the Comenius projects and of the European projects that we develop every year. Apart of these ones, the Basque department carries out different exchange projects among some Basque Schools of different provinces.

We have different topics but the ones we develop most are: 1) History, Geography and Language 2) Sports 3) Gastronomy 4) Folklore. music and dances 5) Feasts
Sometimes we change one of them by the topic of art, it depends on the needs and desires of the other school of the exchange.

Although we have as minority language the Basque language we are interested in exchanges with English as communicative language.

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