Lindenwood University is among a select group of higher education institutions in the United States and United Kingdom to participate in Panamá Bilingüe, a flagship project of Juan Carlos Varela, the recently elected president of the Republic of Panama, and his administration.
The legislative initiative will cost nearly $135 million and will send about 500 Panamanian public school teachers to study in the United States over the next five years. The goal of the program is to increase English competency among Panamanian teachers and, therefore, improve English education programs within the county.
At the beginning of the spring 2015 semester, Lindenwood welcomed its first group of student participants into a specially organized English as a second language course and teacher training program. Over the course of four months, those students will polish their English skills, learn teaching methodology, participate in leadership classes, and observe classroom instruction. Cultural integration into the American environment also will be a key component of the program.
More than 500 students from the Republic of Panama have graduated from Lindenwood since 1995.