US trains English teachers to prepare Sri Lanka students for global markets

ECONOMYNEXT – The United States is training English teachers in Sri Lanka to help equip students with a range of language, leadership and critical thinking skills to compete in a global market place.

“Giving students the tools necessary to participate in an increasingly interconnected global marketplace will assist them in securing well-paying, skilled work and enable Sri Lanka to build a competitive labor force,” US Ambassador in Colombo Alaina Teplitz, said in a statement.

“This training help teachers better prepare the next generation of Sri Lankan leaders to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”

The program, named ‘Access’, which has been conducted by English language specialists from the United States since 2004, includes lessons on critical thinking, leadership skills, community service, personal development, and U.S. culture.

A batch of 40 teachers had completed training at the centre in Colombo in December.

Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States, the embassy said. Access teachers receive training in-country and overseas.

Access trained teachers provide English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students, primarily aged 13 to 20 at ten centres around Sri Lanka. (Colombo/Dec16/2019)