Published Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Free English language courses in Guanacaste
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
On Tuesday, the government announced a plan to provide free English language courses in Guanacaste Province to 1,074 people this year.
According to the government, the goal is improve employment options for students and thereby improve the economy of the zone. With the expectation to offer the free courses to 1,964 people next year.
The courses are part of the Alliance for Bilingualism Initiative, ABI, which will be taught by the National Institute of Learning, INA. Representatives of the institute will be in charge of enlisting people interested in receiving the courses.
In January, President Carlos Alvarado signed a new law to improve INA by advancing education and providing better employment opportunities for young people.
The law gives more flexibility to the institute to grant scholarships to students, among other improvements.
In 2020, the institute developed virtual English language courses for 3,068 students, where 1,703 were women and 1,365 men. The language program improved their skills allowing them to better enter the labor market, the institute said.
INA courses follow the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, known as CEFRL. This is a guideline used to describe the achievements of learners of foreign languages to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing English.
Last year, more than 1,000 people managed to certify their level of English through virtual tests. Furthermore, teachers have been certified with international virtual tests to improve the quality of teaching in the language.
With this new program, people can be certified in:
• Basic English with a 300-hour course.
• Intermediate English with a 300-hour course.
• Upper-intermediate English a 600-hour course.
• Advanced English with a 300-hour course.
People interested in more information about the English courses should call the INA phone line (506) 2210 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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