Próxima sesión Pensando Educación: Anne Marie Truscott de Mejía
In 1994, the General Law of Education decreed that, “the acquisition of elements of conversation, reading, understanding and the ability of expression in at least one foreign language” should be implemented from primary school onwards. Although the law did not specify which foreign language should be taught, most schools in the country opted for English. However, in decreeing the introduction of the teaching and learning of English from primary onwards, the authorities did not take into account the limitations in the English language proficiency level of most primary school teachers. Recently, the Colombian Ministry of Education has been promoting the introduction of a programme involving the hiring of international volunteers to try to remedy, among other things, difficulties in the appropriation by primary school teachers of the foreign language policies. This presentation will discuss some of the results of the implementation of this language and education policy, in relation to the convenience of recruiting young ´native speakers´ of English to work with Colombian teachers in the foreign language classroom. The debate will focus on the changing role of the native speaker in the teaching of foreign languages.