English Language Learning

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English proficiency is increasingly recognized in the international community as a critical tool for competitiveness and growth in the global economy. Interest in learning the language has grown exponentially in Latin America, with many countries making considerable efforts to improve English proficiency through policies and programs.

However, test results indicate that English proficiency is very low. The educational system is simply not producing students with adequate levels of English proficiency. Schools are often unable to provide the necessary English classes, while those that do exist are often of poor quality. Learning opportunities outside of the educational system, although increasingly available, are unable to make up for deficiencies within formal schooling.

How can countries implement effective policies and programs to improve learning levels? Our report, English Language Learning in Latin America, analyzes ELL policies, teacher effectiveness, and learning programs, and identifies best practices and weak areas throughout Latin America. Finally, this report makes four recommendations to solve policy bottlenecks, address the teacher shortage, find other learning opportunities, and create a space for sharing and learning across countries.





Regional Forum on English Language Learning in Latin America

On August 8, 2018 the Inter-American Dialogue held the first Regional Forum on English Language Learning in Latin America in Panama City, in conjunction with the Panamanian Ministry of Education and with support from Pearson. The event brought together over 30 participants from 10 different countries to share their countries’ experiences with English language learning programs, in order to identify common challenges, lessons learned and opportunities for regional collaboration on this topic.  Learn more here

Lanzamientos del reporte Aprendizaje del Inglés en América Latina





Buenos Aires

Panama City

Mexico City

Sep. 19, 2017 Oct. 4, 2017 Oct. 5, 2017 Oct. 10, 2017 Oct. 16, 2017 Oct. 17, 2017


Expertos registran desafíos para la enseñanza del inglés – El Economista

Colombia y su preocupante nivel de inglésSemana

La Argentina tiene el mejor nivel de inglés de toda América LatinaLa Nación

México, entre los países de AL con bajo nivel de inglésEl Financiero