U.S. educator here to help with English

The education ministry is trying to reform the English instruction program in the country, and a U.S. professor will provide some technical support.

He is  James E. Purpura, an associate professor at Colombia University in New York.  He is an expert on evaluating the use of a second language or a foreign language.

The  Ministerio de Educación Pública already is getting assistance from U.S. Peace Corps members, all native speakers of English.  Purpura will talk to them, too.

The ministry said that the visit in being made in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy.

Purpura has published a number of books and academic articles on the topic.

Evaluating the progress of a foreign language student is critical to improvement, and Purpura has written on evaluating most of the aspects of language, including grammar.

Costa Rican public education is well known to be weak on actually getting students to speak fluently, in part because many of the teachers are not fluent in English.

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