October 17th, 2014 | forumfoundati
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The importance of learning English cannot be overstated in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world. English is the fourth most widely spoken native language in the world, and in terms of sheer number of speakers, it is the most spoken official language. English is indisputably the primary language of global trade and commerce and international affairs. In many countries, most tourism authorities and other public officials speak English in order to interact and engage with tourists, immigrants, and international business personnel.
Having a firm grasp of the English language can optimally position students toward higher paying careers as well as curb the cycle of poverty in rural Coclé. English is therefore an important part of the curriculum at Forum Academy and other Foundation-supported schools.
Forum Foundation is also responsible for starting the first advanced English preparatory course at the Centro Regional de Coclé, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá in 2012. We selected nine graduates from high schools in Coclé to attend the six-month program, which involved rigorous English classes as well as other courses, for which they earned college credit.
Upon completion of the program, three were selected to receive full scholarships to the Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, NJ, for a year (2012-2013) of post-graduate study in the United States. The following year saw a second cycle of students in the Advanced English program, with two students selected to attend the Hun School for the 2013-2014 academic year. Read about the 2013-2014 graduates here.