Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties

Teaching the English language in Cuban schools becomes essential since contact between Cuba and other English speaking countries is expected to increaseNow that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma reported Monday. In the 1970s, the study of English in Cuban schools was supplanted by Russian, after the Soviet Union emerged as the communist island’s main benefactor following Fidel Castro’s ascent to power in 1959. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, English returned to Cuba’s academic curriculum.

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