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ERIC Number: EJ1056372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1692-5777
English Teaching and Private Enterprise in Colombia: A Business Perspective and a Challenge to Educators
McKinney Gehman, Debra
GIST Education and Learning Research Journal, v1 p144-148 Apr 2007
Teaching English to employees, and maintaining the language levels of those already hired, is a constant and growing concern for those responsible for corporate education in Colombia's private sector. Although it might be argued that acquisition and maintenance of a second language is an individual responsibility, when faced with an increasingly globalized economy and the resultant use of English as the language of business, private enterprise in Colombia has had to intervene in a systemic problem resulting from deficiencies in private and public secondary and higher education, as well as in private language institutes. This author suggests that the professionals and institutions dedicated to teaching English carefully consider some questions posed in the article such as: (1) What role might language institutes and English teachers play in this situation? and (2) What creative, practical alternatives could they present? These may present ample opportunities for dialogue and an enthusiastic response from the private sector in Colombia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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