ERIC Number: ED231192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
English Teaching Profile: Colombia.
British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
This profile of the English language teaching situation in Colombia discusses the role of English in the educational system and in Colombian society. The status of English as the country's first foreign language is examined. It is noted that because Spanish is sufficient for most needs and because there is a relatively small number of Colombians who are proficient in English, it is not accorded great priority in educational systems. The new English syllabus released in 1979 is described, and the use of English in the educational system from secondary school through the university level is examined. Also discussed are (1) the status of teacher training; (2) materials support; (3) the development of the educational system and its current objectives; (4) English outside the education system, especially commercially offered courses; (5) British and American support services; (6) commercial opportunities for books and audio materials; and (7) current research. A concluding general statement notes that English is recognized as an indispensable tool for business and advanced studies, and that attention to learners needs, a new curriculum, and the need for better teacher education are being considered. A bibliography is included. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.