Education Ministry considers British Council proposal to train English teachers

The Education Ministry is holding talks with the British Council, which specialises in international educational and cultural opportunities, on potential cooperation in training English language teachers for public schools in Slovakia, the SITA newswire reported.

The Education Ministry is holding talks with the British Council, which specialises in international educational and cultural opportunities, on potential cooperation in training English language teachers for public schools in Slovakia, the SITA newswire reported.

English will be compulsory from the third grade at primary schools as of next September. However, some teachers lack required qualification and have to complete a special training. The British Council offered the Slovak Education Ministry, headed by Eugen Jurzyca (SDKÚ) a training programme called Methodology and Didactics of Primary Education which proved effective in the Czech Republic where it has been accredited.

The programme has not been officially accredited in Slovakia yet. “The Education Ministry is considering the possibility of accreditation of the training programme as well as subsequent steps,” the Education Ministry informed SITA.

Pupils will learn their first foreign language from the third grade of primary school and choose the second foreign language in the fifth grade. Iveta Radičová's government proposed introducing compulsory English at schools before the general election. The government believes that knowledge of English language will increase competitiveness of job applicants both in Slovakia and abroad. Slovaks joined thirteen of the 27 EU member states where English language education is compulsory.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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