Bilingual program comes into force in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has taken on the challenge of turning English into a language that is spoken by the majority of its population in the medium term.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

One of the goals is that, staring in 2017, 75% of high school graduates will have a high level of English.
To achieve this, 1,150 English teachers, who are fluently speak the language, will begin a training process starting on Monday.

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How Much English is Spoken in Central America

November 2015

According to the English Proficiency Index produced by Education First, Guatemala and Panama have improved, moving from the "very low" group to the "low" group, while Costa Rica and El Salvador remain stagnant at that level.

The index, which the global English teaching business Education First publishes annually, defines three levels of proficiency in 70 countries worldwide.

English Speakers Needed In San Pedro Sula

September 2013

The demand for professionals who can speak and write English rose by 70%, keeping pace with the growth of joint ventures with overseas companies.

That was the explanation given Bessy Rocio Lara, director of the Department of Labor. Among the areas where the most bilingual staff are needed are the industrial engineering sector, business administration and some technical careers.

How Well is English Spoken in Central America?

November 2014

According to Education First's English Proficiency Index, in Costa Rica the English level is low, while in Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador it is very low.

Out of the 63 countries surveyed in the English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), Costa Rica ranks 43, Guatemala is No. 51, followed by Panama in position 52 and El Salvador in 53.

Guatemala Needs to Learn English

April 2012

A bill entitled "English for All" aims to promote English language learning, so the country may take advantage of many job and development opportunities that it is currently missing out on.

The project "English for All Act" is among a package of economic recovery bills being promoted by the economy committee of Parliament, said the representative Pedro Muadi Menendez, from the ruling Partido Patriota to Lahora.com.gt.

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