The Design and Implementation of an In-service EFL Teacher Training Model in the Costa Rican Public School System

  • Patricia Córdoba Cubillo Univerisity of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Xinia Rodríguez Ramírez Univerisity of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Tatiana Hernández Gaubil Distance State University, Costa Rica
Keywords: EFL teacher training, teachers of English from the public school system, improvement of English language proficiency, professional development in EFL

Abstract

In response to the challenges of the 21st century and to the need for students in the public school system to have a higher level of English proficiency, English was declared an issue of national interest in Costa Rica in 2008. For this reason, a decree called Multilingual Costa Rica was signed by the government, setting the stage for an in-service EFL teacher training project. This article deals with the analysis of the design and the implementation of a training model, which led to the improvement of the linguistic skills of approximately 80% of the teacher population in the Costa Rican public school system. This study includes a description of the components of the teacher training model as well as the results of the linguistic performance of the participating EFL teachers on the TOEIC© test administered prior to and after three years of training.

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Published
2015-06-20
How to Cite
Córdoba Cubillo, P., Rodríguez Ramírez, X., & Hernández Gaubil, T. (2015). The Design and Implementation of an In-service EFL Teacher Training Model in the Costa Rican Public School System. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (10), 29-50. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.266