6 Apr 2011

Colombia failing to learn English: Ministry

English language education in Colombia is producing dire results, despite programs to encourage Spanish-English bilingualism, newspaper El Tiempo reported Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Education in conjunction with education evaluation program Saber 11, has published figures showing that despite a 2004 strategy to encourage national bilingualism in the country, only 8% of 11th graders in Colombia speak even intermediate English.

Furthermore, of 13,324 English teachers evaluated as part of the study, only 25% achieved intermediate proficiency in English while only 6% demonstrated a better than intermediate command of the language

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