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New English learning programs in public schools

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Published on Thursday, May 11, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The two methods of learning the English language, ABCmouse for school kids and Pura Vida Learning for high-school students, are now available in public schools, according to the Ministry of Public Education.

ABCmouse is an English language learning program that develops interactive activities that students can use on computers, tablets, and smartphones. While Pura Vida Learning offers virtual courses to improve students' skills to find a job once they graduate.

The ABCmouse application can be downloaded for free from its website.

While the Pura Vida Learning program is available on the Learning Passport by Microsoft.


According to the experts, learning the English language is significant and widespread. There are valuable key reasons for learning that language for students such as:

Global communication, English is the most widely spoken language around the world. It serves as a common language of communication among people from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Proficiency in English enables people to connect with individuals from diverse regions and facilitates international business, travel, and academic exchanges.

Education opportunities, due to English being the primary language of instruction in many prestigious universities and educational institutions worldwide. Learning English enhances access to a broader range of academic resources, research materials, and study programs. It also increases the chances of receiving scholarships, attending international conferences, and pursuing higher education abroad.

Career advancement in English proficiency is highly sought after by employers in various industries. Many multinational companies and global organizations use English as their official language for communication and documentation. Acquiring strong English skills opens up job opportunities for graduate students and increases competitiveness in the global job market.

Internet and technology in English dominate the internet and serves as the lingua franca of the digital world. Most online content, including websites, social media platforms, and online resources, is predominantly in English. By mastering English, students can navigate the vast amount of online information, participate in global online communities, and stay updated with the latest advancements in technology.

Personal development in learning a new language, such as English, enhances cognitive abilities, including memory, problem-solving, and multitasking skills. It also boosts self-confidence and promotes cultural empathy. As the students learn English, they develop a better understanding of different perspectives and can effectively communicate and connect with people from various backgrounds.

In travel and tourism, handling English proficiency is particularly beneficial for travelers or workers in the tourism industry. English is commonly used in the tourism industry, and knowing the language makes it easier to navigate foreign countries, communicate with locals, and seek assistance when needed. It enhances the overall travel experience and facilitates meaningful interactions with people from different cultures.

Whether for academic, professional, or personal reasons, English is undoubtedly a valuable language to learn in today's interconnected world, they added.

How should authorities implement the bilingual education plan for all public school students?  
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