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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has reiterated his call for students to become fluent in Spanish.
  • The Minister was speaking at a Spanish Immersion Day staged by the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation on Wednesday (April 15), at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston.
  • Two hundred students, who will be taking their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Spanish oral examinations this year, were invited to attend, to learn study tips for their upcoming examinations.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has reiterated his call for students to become fluent in Spanish.

He said a command of the Spanish language will be “a tremendous asset” as this will enable them to take advantage of scholarship and employment opportunities regionally and internationally.

The Minister was speaking at a Spanish Immersion Day staged by the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation on Wednesday (April 15), at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston.

The one-day workshop involved collaboration with the Ministry and the embassies of Spanish-speaking countries in Jamaica, in an effort to support the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language.

Two hundred students, who will be taking their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Spanish oral examinations this year, were invited to attend, to learn study tips for their upcoming examinations.

The students were given the opportunity to interact with native Spanish speakers from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. These native speakers were paired with Jamaican teachers of the Spanish language, who assisted in guiding the students through oral exam practice using recognised themes from the CSEC syllabus.

The Minister, who visited with the students and facilitators of the event, said “it is a wonderful occasion.”

“It gives our students a chance for immersion in conversational Spanish, which is usually a big contrast to their classroom experience where grammar and vocabulary are the concentrations. It also gives students the opportunity for networking with personnel from the various Latin American countries,” he said.

Rev. Thwaites said Jamaica needs to be far more integrated with the Latin American countries, particularly because of their proximity.

Other workshops will be held at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay and Church Teachers’ College in Manchester.

The training session was attended by students from Wolmer’s Girls’ School, and Excelsior, Edith Dalton James, Calabar, Meadowbrook and Mona high schools.