A new survey by the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS), part of the Ministry of the Presidency in Spain, revealed that six out of ten Spaniards can’t write or speak English and only 10 per cent study a foreign language. Experts suggest the main causes of this problem include the education system, dubbing of films and students’ lack of confidence, 20 minutos newspaper reported.
Medellin, Colombia’s second city (above), has launched a new bilingual programme which introduces English language to children in early childhood. Pilot project Semilla Bilingüe (bilingual seed) has been implemented in eighteen kindergartens and fifteen primary schools since January.
Over 70,000 Panamanian students and teachers will have been trained in English by the end of this year thanks to the Panama Bilingual programme, ANPanama news agency reports. In January the final cohort of 1,000 teachers and students at the international teacher training Panamá Bilingüe 2017 programme were sent by the government to study for eight weeks in universities in the US, Canada, the UK and Barbados.
A report by a policy-forming group within the UK Parliament has called for mandatory Esol classes for newly arrived immigrants – but also called for a lot more money to pay for this. The UK’s cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has a mission to examine ‘how government and local authorities could better support communities to manage rapid demographic change’ in times of Brexit and an alarming rise in xenophobic hate crime nationally.