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The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Education present a program to strengthen the quality of English instruction for teachers

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo and the Ministry of Education (MINERD), in collaboration with the Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano through its Teacher Development Center, presented the English Language Development Program for Teachers. This program focuses on continuing to strengthen the linguistic skills of public sector English teachers.

In its first phase, the program involves approximately 400 active English teachers from the ministry in an intensive intermediate-advanced English reinforcement plan of about 200 hours of virtual learning, including in-person workshops on English teaching methodology facilitated by specialists from the University of Florida, in collaboration with the Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano.

Isiah Parnell, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, said: “Today is a great day for English language education in the Dominican Republic. This program is designed to support teachers in strengthening and achieving a level of English proficiency that will help them to continue advancing professionally and to impact their students with high-quality English instruction.

The English Language Development Program for Teachers is part of a series of support initiatives by the United States Government and the Ministry of Education through its English Curriculum Coordination, focusing on teacher training, educational resource development, and the exchange of best practices between American and Dominican teachers.

Regarding institutional collaboration

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo and the Ministry of Education (MINERD), as allies, have been working on projects aimed at strengthening the quality of English teaching and learning in the Dominican Republic. As a result of this collaboration, initiatives include the American English Curriculum Support Guide, which will now be used as the official national textbook; teacher training on methodological topics; and most recently, this new program focused on enhancing the language skills of MINERD’s English teachers. The Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano, through its Teacher Development Center, has been a key player in the development of these programs, alongside other specialists in English language teaching from American institutions.