Colombia launches new English-language TV show to promote bilinguliasm

Posted on Jul 10 2014 - 6:42pm by Today News
(Photo: Presinden's Office)

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos launched the English-language television show, “Colombia Very Well,” on Thursday, with the intention of promoting bilingualism in Colombia.

According to a press statement released by the Office of the Presidency, the show is intended to promote bilingualism in Colombia, stating, “Today, only 9,000 high school graduates have an intermediate level of English. Our goal is to increase that number to 185,000 in ten years.”

In addition to promoting English among students, the program also aims to mobilize workers in the private and public sectors with the knowledge of English, and to strengthen a culture that values bilingualism as part of education.

The bilingualism initiative is slated to include immersion programs in San Andres – an English-speaking state of Colombia north of the mainland – and in other countries with the creation of phone and tablet apps, in addition to delivering six million English textbooks to facilitate the program, according to Santos.

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This policy is intended to be one of the highlights of the Santos educational policy in his second term, according to Colombian economic newspaper La Republica.


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