Mexico conducting two-week Spanish course for Caricom teachers

The government of Mexico under the VI Mexico-Caricom Cooperation Programme 2014-2015 has commenced a two-week intermediate Spanish course in Guyana for more than 30 teachers of the language within the region.

According to a press release from the Mexican Embassy in Georgetown, the course, which began on December 7th in Georgetown, is specifically for teachers of Spanish as a second language and aims to improve the teaching of that language within the Caribbean Community.

Participants are drawn from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.

According to the release, the seminar will equip the teachers with “modern tools to impart their newfound knowledge to students and encourage them to want to learn more about the Spanish Language and Mexican culture.”

Ultimately, the seminar’s objective is to create a forum in which the participants are able to discuss creative and productive solutions to everyday problems faced by teachers.

Conducting the sessions are Professors Elin Emilsson and Dr Victoria Villaseñor, both of the National Pedagogic University of Mexico. Inclusive in the seminar are intercultural competencies and methodological aspects of teaching Spanish as a second language. As a result, the course includes extracurricular activities, such as movie nights, storytelling and workshops, to help immerse participants in the language.

This seminar, the embassy said, is “part of its technical cooperation and an intercultural gathering opening windows and doors to the mutual understanding of the peoples of Mexico and the Caribbean.”

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