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Foreign language teachers share best practices

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Close to 250 foreign language teachers islandwide gathered last Friday at its annual general meeting (AGM) to share information, ideas, best practices and new pedagogical methods.

The teachers were also afforded the opportunity to interface with exhibitors on site and gather information on how to access scholarships to study abroad through embassies and other cultural cooperation agreements.

President of The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, Ambassador Anibal Jimenez Abascal, encouraged the group to continue its efforts towards meeting the increasing demands for a multilingual workforce.

The theme of the AGM held in Kingston, 'Teachers Virtual Training AVE Scholarships', saw the launch of 263 Instituto Cervantes acclaimed online virtual classroom scholarships for Spanish teachers; the result of a partnership between the Embassy of Spain, The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and

e-learning Jamaica. The AVE licences will be distributed to teachers islandwide who meet the Aula Virtual de Espanol (AVE) qualifications, and are expected to increase proficiency and cultural knowledge through state-of-the-art technology and the latest language teaching methods.

General Manager of The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation- Karen Donaldson lauded the teachers for using language learning as a transformational and empowering tool to unite people and allow learners to transcend cultures, so that they might contribute positively to society on a global level. She highlighted some of the ways that the SFJ is committed to its continued support for foreign language teaching and learning at the tertiary level, including millions of dollars' worth of scholarships to Spanish language students at the University of the West Indies, the teachers' colleges, Montego Bay Community College and HEART Trust National Training Agency.

At the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Education levels, she pointed to the SJF awards to top performers, and support in the form of oral practice immersion workshops in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Spanish-speaking embassies.