These courses are part of the Alliance for Bilingualism National Strategy to strengthen the teaching of English.
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Published Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New English language courses
for workers


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week, the National Institute of Learning (INA) started their new English language learning programs for people who want a bilingual job.

According to the institute, the 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 achievements of learners of foreign languages to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing English.

The institute's first level course, Basic English in a work environment, will be developed virtually for the first generation of students across the country due to the pandemic.

These courses are part of the Alliance for Bilingualism National Strategy to strengthen the teaching of English. Designed for more than 2,921 people to continue their English classes despite the current restrictions, said the institute in its statement.

Also, due to the restrictions, more than 1,000 people have 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.

The teaching of the English language allows employees with the necessary language skills to help the development of organizations, boost the economy and attract foreign investment, said the institute in its statement.

For more information about the English courses, call the institute at  (506) 2210 6000 or email informacion@ina.ac.cr.



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