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We cyar even talk English good But they want to do this
« on: March 28, 2005, 09:20:04 AM »
We leaders talking about breakfases and para-digim and cyar string two words together but they want this to come to fruitation.

By the year 2020, Government expects all citizens will be bilingual. This was revealed last week by Trade Minister Ken Valley during the launch of the Spanish as the First Foreign Language initiative at T&T Manufacturers Association, Barataria.

“Today, we know that one of the most important abilities we can develop as a nation is proficiency in both the English and Spanish languages, to provide prospective investors with a workforce that can communicate effectively and conduct business in the two dominant languages of this hemisphere,” said Valley.

Valley cited the initiative as a major step in meeting the demands of globalisation and trade liberalisation.

He also noted that employees proficient in both languages were being hired over those who were equally qualified, but monolingual.

Trade talks too, he said, were also increasingly held in Spanish. This country is a front-runner to host the headquarters of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which will include 34 countries, 18 of which have Spanish as their first language.

Added to this, said Valley, is the fact that T&T benefits from over $1 billion in trade from its Spanish-speaking neighbours. As for social reasons, Valley noted that Spanish was part of the country’s history, with influence in several places, foods, and other aspects of the country’s culture.

The drive is to be implemented through the Secretariat for the Implementation of Spanish programme—SIS—and is headed by Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol.

As part of the scheme, employees of all government agencies and ministries will be mandated to train in the second language.

Gopaul-McNicol said the first steps to awareness had already been implemented, with street signs posted in both languages in downtown Port-of-Spain.

Additionally, generic signs, such as those for toilets and kitchens at workplaces in the public sector will also be in Spanish, she said.

As for the private sector, Gopaul-McNicol said, several companies had already joined the drive and implemented Spanish programmes, as well as creating Spanish learning environments for their employees.

Gopaul-McNicol assured that SIS would also be at their disposal to meet and make suggestions to build and sustain employee interest in SAFFL.

As for the integration of a second language at schools, she said several primary schools had already taken up the gauntlet at the start of the September school term. She assured soon Spanish would be on the curriculum of every primary school nationwide.

In delivering the vote of thanks, Benedict Guerrero, who is of Spanish descent, urged the public to say “Yes to Spanish,” and expressed gratitude for Government’s appreciation of the language going beyond parang and pastelle.

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Re: We cyar even talk English good But they want to do this
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2005, 08:58:36 PM »
HA HA HA...Touches yuh too damn wicked and bad mind...HA HA HA....must be dem bubulups yuh displaying on de screen dat have yuh so.