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