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    • The more than 2,000 students at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, as well as residents of Granville and adjoining communities in St. James, are now enjoying the benefits of a fully equipped language laboratory at the institution.
    • The estimated value of the project is $5 million, with the SJF and the Spanish Embassy contributing teaching software and headsets, the Digicel Foundation providing 20 desktop computers, while the college allocated space and furniture.
    • Spanish Ambassador and SJF President, Anibal Abascal Jimenez, commended the institution on the move to enhance the students’ proficiency in Spanish and other languages.

    The more than 2,000 students at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, as well as residents of Granville and adjoining communities in St. James, are now enjoying the benefits of a fully equipped language laboratory at the institution.

    The facility, which was officially opened on Thursday (November 20), was established through a partnership with the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation (SJF), the Embassy of Spain, and the Digicel Foundation.

    The estimated value of the project is $5 million, with the SJF and the Spanish Embassy contributing teaching software and headsets, the Digicel Foundation providing 20 desktop computers, while the college allocated space and furniture.

    Principal of the college, Dr. Ashburn Pinnock, thanked the partners and gave the assurance that the new lab will go a far way in enhancing language training for student-teachers, as well as fill the growing demand for such instruction in the wider Montego Bay community.

    He said the college, through its community outreach programmes, will be assisting with the training of tourism workers in Spanish and other languages, particularly those employed to Spanish hotels, as well as fisherfolk.

    Spanish Ambassador and SJF President, Anibal Abascal Jimenez, commended the institution on the move to enhance the students’ proficiency in Spanish and other languages.

    He said that one “cannot go wrong” by learning a foreign language, particularly if that language is Spanish. “Your time is not wasted,” he noted.

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