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Dr. Helena Curtain, Expert in English Immersion, Visits Uruguay

Conducted seminars to help Uruguay's English teachers hone their skills

Posted: September 3, 2005

Dr. Helena Curtain. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)

Dr. Helena Curtain

Dr. Helena Curtain of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, a pioneer and widely recognized expert in foreign language immersion programs, visited Uruguay August 29 - September 2, to conduct a week long series of seminars and training session for 80 Uruguayan teachers involved in primary school English immersion courses.

The English immersion courses are part of a rapidly expanding program that now involves over 40 public schools in Uruguay, many in poor and remote areas of the country. This is in the first public school program in Uruguay that concentrates on teaching American rather than British English. The program has been given a U.S. funded grant, in various ways throughout its history, such as facilitating teacher exchanges.

Dr. Curtain uses a dynamic active learning approach and she commented that she was very impressed with the high level of enthusiasm, commitment and creativity on the part of the Uruguayan teachers.

  PHOTO GALLERY

Opening session of Seminar for Uruguayan Elementary Public School English Language Teachers, August 29, 2005, during remarks by U.S. Embassy´s PAO Linda Gonzalez, the Director of Primary Education Edith Moraes, and English Immersion Program Coordinator Claudia Brovetto. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi) Opening session of Seminar for Uruguayan Elementary Public School English Language Teachers, August 29, 2005, during remarks by U.S. Embassy´s PAO Linda Gonzalez, the Director of Primary Education Edith Moraes, and English Immersion Program Coordinator Claudia Brovetto. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)

Opening session of Seminar for Uruguayan Elementary Public School English Language Teachers, August 29, 2005, during remarks by U.S. Embassy's PAO Linda Gonzalez, the Director of Primary Education Edith Moraes, and English Immersion Program Coordinator Claudia Brovetto.


 
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