English in Colombia:. An examination of policy, perceptions and influencing factors

British Council / Education Intelligence
British Council / Education Intelligence

Introduction. “Increased political stability, a large young population and an optimistic economic growth outlook based on rich natural resources have thrown a spotlight on Colombia. While there are significant challenges with regard to education quality and access as well as poverty, creating an increasingly skilled workforce has become a government priority as the country looks to build upon the interest it is currently generating. Economic growth is now closely linked to creating a better-educated, English speaking workforce. Colombia’s fledgling middle class also looks poised to further the government’s ambitious agenda. However, the decentralised nature of the education system has created challenges in terms of standardisation and accountability, and it is important to examine the true nature of industry demand for English speakers when considering appropriate language benchmarks for the Colombian population.”