Heard at TESOL Colombia: How Universidad de La Sabana Is Supporting the Growth of English Language Learning in Colombia
According to the CIA World Fact Book, English is the third most common native language in the world, behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Yet as a second language, English is considered to be the most common in the world.
TESOL International provides community and events around the instruction of English as a second language, hoping to expand the language digitally and socially. This year at TESOL Colombia, we had a chance to get a glimpse into what is happening in the ESL teaching community in Latin America. The host of the event this year was the Universidad de La Sabana, located in the town of Chía, north of Bogotá.
From what we learned at the event, education in Colombia is in the midst of a big transformation. English language learning has become an important part of the nation’s collegiate curriculum, and Universidad de La Sabana is on the forefront of creating a comprehensive and effective education experience for its students to help them become more-than-proficient in the language.
To learn more about this lingual evolution in Colombia, we had Fernando Valenzuela, well-known ed tech expert and our contributor for Latin America, speak with Ana Maria Ternent de Samper, a foreign language professor at Universidad de La Sabana. Ana Maria spoke about the college’s efforts toward digitization, and how it strives to improve its English language learning programs.
Listen in to hear Ana Maria’s insights about ed tech in Latin America and the importance of English language learning in the higher education sphere.
Want to learn more about English language education in Latin America? Stay tuned for more interviews from TESOL Colombia.
Elizabeth hails from New Jersey and studies journalism at Emerson College, where she works for two publications: a lifestyle magazine and a music magazine. In addition to education, she also enjoys writing about health and fitness and pop culture.