Spanish is spoken by approximately 500 million people worldwide and is the primary language of discourse in 21 countries. It is also the second most used language in international communication. At the present, there are approximately 48 million Hispanics in the U.S., representing about 17 percent of the total population who declare Spanish as their first language. Pamela Silva Conde, reporter on Univision shared on the television show " The View" that 1 out of every 6 Americans is Latino. It is predicted that by 2030 this will rise to 35% or more. To respond to this increase, there is a growing demand for the media to be in Spanish: radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and interest in the study of Spanish has doubled worldwide.
Spain is now the world’s ninth most powerful economy and it is ranked as the tenth most popular destination for investment. The countries of Latin America are becoming important commercial partners to the US. The creation of MERCOSUR, NAFTA, and many other free trade agreements between South and North America continue to create new opportunities for commerce and communication for the U.S. labor market. According to labor statistics, the Hispanic share of the workforce will increase by 25 percent each year.
Spanish and Latin America cultural contributions also have had far-reaching influence throughout the world. From Spain’s Golden Age of Literature to contemporary politics, economics and culture, students of Spanish at Joseph A.Foran High School will encounter a diversity of voices in the Spanish-speaking world. Among the many artists, writers and historical figures that you may study here are: Cervantes, Lope de Vegta, Velázquez, Goya, José Martí, Borges, Unamuno, Matute, García, Lorca, Benito Pérez Galdos, Dali, Picasso, Franco, Gaudí, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Pedro Almodóvar, Che Guevara, Octavio Paz, García Márquez, Rigoberta Menchú, Javier de Viana, Gregorio López y Fuentes, Emilia Pardo Bazán, y José María Sánchez-Sliva.
Source: Suffolk University. Spanish at Suffolk.