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In the Spanish speaking country where you live or have been, up to what age/year level is it compulsory to study the Spanish language at school.

Where I live (English speaking country) it is compulsory to study English in High School until 6th form (year 12, when you are ~16-17 years old). So I wanted to know if it was the same or similar in a Spanish speaking country.

Please don't forget to mention what country you are from, thanks =)

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The reason behind asking this question is because in my experiences in Argentina, the vast majority of students I talked with had a very good knowledge of the Spanish language. In contrast, if you found a student in their ultimate or penultimate year of high school where I live, and asked them what a noun/verb/adjective etc was, they would struggle to answer you.

Edit:

Thanks for the comments, it seems like the average age that it is compulsory to study is about the same as in an English speaking country

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It is the same in most countries. I'm not sure if this is a list question or not. :) –  Joze Jan 16 '12 at 6:53
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In Peru, you take "spanish" during 8 years, from 6-13 years old (grammar, ortography). At 6 years old you learn to write and read, by I think any 7 years old knows what a verb, adjective and noun are. We learn also how to conjugate verbs as in Spain, funny (when I studied at least). In high school, you take additionally three years of "Spanish literature", from 14-16. It's sad people seems to forget everything while writing in internet or Facebook. –  Ricardo Jan 16 '12 at 7:34
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In Spain from 6 to 15-16 (obligatory education), but if you keep with Bachillerato then until 17-18 –  Laura Jan 16 '12 at 12:21
    
Thanks, that's exactly what i wanted to know =) –  Kage Jan 16 '12 at 18:46
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Same here, at "estudios generales" (similar to "bachillerato") I had to take 9 credits in spanish (for a science major). This is after the obligatory education, the first two year of superior studies. –  Ricardo Jan 16 '12 at 21:27
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In Chile you learn spanish from when you're 6 until you're 18. It varies from mostly orthography to vocabulary, grammar and literature. By the time you're 16 it is mostly just literature.

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