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Re: Foreign-language level in schools low, Volume 11, Number 5, February 7 - February 13, 2005

I had to laugh at this article. I spent almost ten years in Slovakia teaching English.

In most years at least 99 percent of my fourth year students selected English as one of their maturita (school-leaving examinations) tests.

The reason was simple. Qualified English teachers from the US, Canada, and Australia were available at Gymnázium Matky Alexie in Bratislava.

Not only could we work with the students but we were there to assist the Slovak teachers as well. Fifteen to twenty students in a class was also a major positive factor.

The one negative thing was how difficult the government agencies made life for us with all their red tape.

But even the government bureaucrats could not diminish our work with the extremely interested and enthusiastic students.

Pennsylvania, USA

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