University welcomes students for the Panamá Bilingüe Programme 2019

In January we welcomed the second cohort of the Panamá Bilingüe Programme to the University of Portsmouth.

20 primary school teachers have started an eight week course, in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, in English Language, teaching techniques and cultural immersion. They are also experiencing British Culture through a programme of trips organised by UoP Global.

The Programme is part of a Panamanian Government strategy that aims to create a bilingual population in the hope that it will give its people access to better opportunities within a climate of rapid economic growth.

It is the first time that many of these teachers have visited the UK and they are making the most of their time by experiencing Portsmouth and the surrounding areas, including visits to the Historical Dockyard, Windsor and Brighton. The Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Old Portsmouth restaurants and watching boats passing on the sea were favourite things that they found to see in Portsmouth.

They even had a great time touring the Portsmouth Football Club stadium; Fratton Park!

The teachers also hosted a small event showcasing their country through information posters, traditional dress and food. They were able to practise their English, while sharing their culture with the staff and students who attended. They have let us know that they find the British weather very cold and breezy in comparison to their hot hometowns in Panama. One commented that it was like having air conditioning everywhere!

The teachers are enjoying learning in an English environment to help their knowledge and are finding it useful to help with pronunciation and new ways to communicate with people. They will be here until the end of the month so if you see them around campus, don’t forget to say hello!

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  1. Thanks for your support in this stunning university. I´m part of this 20 teacher that are trying to enhance our speaking skills.

    God bless you

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