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Costa Rica's remote schools provide virtual English lessons

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Published on Monday, March 18, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Students in 35 public schools in remote regions of the country will get English language lessons virtually, the Ministry of Public Education announced.

According to the authorities, the plan for implementing online learning rooms costs almost $600,000 and will be funded by the Ministry of Technology's budget.

The initiative budget covers the cost of hiring English language instructors and setting up teaching laboratories with equipment such as cameras, projectors, microphones and computers among other devices.

The strategy involves five weekly English courses conducted by two teachers at each school. One instructor will be in charge of teaching lessons remotely, while the second teacher, who will be present in the classroom, will be in charge of managing complementary activities and resolving student questions.

In addition, the ministry will carry out evaluations of students, who have never received English lessons before, to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Many schools, including Los Angeles in Drake Bahia in Puntarenas Province, Florida District in Perez Zeledon Canton in San José Province, San Joaquín District in Turrialba Canton in Cartago Province, Rincón de La Vieja District in Guanacaste Province, and Las Colinas District in Guacimo Canton in Limón Province, have started a pilot program to teach English virtually.

In a global world the importance of English cannot be denied and ignored since English is the most common language spoken everywhere, authorities noted.  Recently, a group of students from public high schools in Limón Province were selected to learn English as part of the United States sponsorship Access scholarship program.

What have you heard regarding the lack of English language lessons for kids in your community?
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