Dominican school graduate’s fail to reach A2 level in English
Santo Domingo.- The Education Ministry’s curriculum stipulates that high school students must graduate speaking fluid English, but their language proficiency fails to reach the A2 level which international standards require, or what’s the same, a second level in any private institute.
The education system’s failure to teach English efficiently is evident despite the millions of dollars spent on the “English by Immersion” program touted by Danilo Medina’s Administration, which can boast progress in other educational areas.
English Teachers Association president Juan Valdez, quoted by elcaribe.com.do, said despite the eight years and the more than 700 hours of teaching, public school students don’t benefit from the language program.
He said among other factors, the basic problem is neither students nor teachers, but and educational system which in his view doesn’t have a clearly defined policy aimed at teaching foreign languages.
“The worst which prevents the learning of English in schools is the educational context, what’s in that context?: No State policy aimed at learning English or another language in schools, English is there in the curriculum because it is,” the teacher said.
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