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    Opening the English world for native Spanish speakers

    By - 26 de April de 2016, 7:00 am

    Have you ever tried to learn to speak a foreign language? Did it make you nervous the first time you had to speak it? Imagine having to teach it.

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    English is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is spoken by one quarter of the world’s population and is the most published language. More people are learning English today than any other language.

    English is the language of commerce, diplomacy, computers, and half of the internet. Unfortunately in Latin America, few students graduate from school with a command of the English language, limiting their opportunities to participate in a globalized economy.

    Some of these countries are making changes to improve English education. Mexico recently reformed public schools, introducing English in preschool and primary education and increasing study time in English by an additional 50% in secondary education. Read more…

    Notes from the field: help me improve

    By - 14 de February de 2012, 4:43 pm

    In my previous blog, I shared some thoughts on the challenges of evaluating and measuring teaching methods innovations. More specifically, on the challenges of measuring the impact of an intensive instruction program using the Rassias teaching method on English as a second language teaching.

    The program is targeted at teachers with an intermediate to low level of English. In order to find these teachers, we randomly selected telesecundaria teachers which showed interest on participating and interviewed them.

    To our surprise, these initial phone interviews showed that only 12.7% (6 out of 47) of teachers interviewed were able to structure one basic sentence in English without errors.

    From an evaluation perspective two things came into my mind. First, we probably need an English program for teachers with a beginner’s level of English. Second, how would my partners in the government react to the news? Read more…

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