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Global Use of English in the Contemporay World: Bilingual Program in Columbia

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Global use of English in the contemporary world School curriculum of Colombia was tested by various types of reform of introducing foreign languages such as French, Italian, German and English as well. (Anne-Marie de Mejia, 153p.) By the General Education Act 115 (1994) teaching system of Colombia should consist of as a minimum one external language. In year 2006 English was acquired in order to fulfill this purpose. (Gabriel Vicente Obando Guerrero, 182p.) National Ministry of Education (2006) explains current resolution as the opportunity to establish the country in the way of cultural frankness, overall communication and worldwide economy. Since many programs for implantation of English had been launched at that time, distinct…show more content…
The key issue of inculcation Bilingual Programs in Colombia is that teachers, learners and general public are not familiar with the justifications behind the purposes of them. Consequently, government should focus on not only the introduction of standards, but on the common educational state in the country. It denotes that analysis of the schooling system and respective policies for improvement are required in order to create a new context. (Obando Guerrero, 2008). Three evaluative surveys, conducted by British Council in Bogota, showed the real image of teacher’s expertise in communication and the knowledge level of the students. Tests of Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press were used in this analysis. The range of them wasn’t limited only by bilingual schools, private sectors and public schools were also involved. Results suggest that 65.4% of teachers achieved a basic, percentage of participants who performed at an intermediate is 32.8%, and only 1.8% obtained advanced level of English by the standards of CEF (Common European Framework). Moreover, outcomes of the students were not satisfactory too: 6.4% of them have intermediate and 93.6% have the basic level of English. There are no students who passed this test at an advanced level. ( Ministerio de Educación, 2005 quoted in Jaime A. Usma Wilches, 2009). These results reflect the current learning condition in Colombia. According
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