UNEMPLOYED Spaniards are going back to school to brush up on their language skills to help secure a job.

As the country continues to be gripped by the recession many jobless are returning to the classroom to learn a second language, in particular English.

Last year, 150,000 Spaniards travelled abroad to study a language, up from 105,000 in 2006.

Poor foreign language skills have long been a weakness of the Spanish workforce, with 46.6 per cent unable to speak a foreign language.

This is the fourth highest level in the European Union after Romania, Hungary and Portugal, according to the EU.

Even the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero is unable to speak English.

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