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Foreign Language Department support

Icesi’s Foreign Language Department was created in 1987 offering one course of general English to two undergraduate programs. Today, the Department offers its services to over 2600 students from all 26 undergraduate programs. By the time our students complete the 8-level English Program, they will have reached a proficiency level of B1-B2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Moreover, the Department offers courses in Mandarin, Portuguese, Italian, French and German, and the over 580 students enrolled in these courses will achieve a proficiency level of A2 level according to the CEFR.

As part of its expansion strategy, the University serves as a registration and examination center for the British Council in the application of IELTS and other Cambridge examinations.

From the moment the Foreign Language Department was selected by the Ministry of Education to participate in its project “Red Curriculum Lingua”, along with other eight colombian in the country that have received the “Certificación de Alta Calidad”, it has played an active role in the accompaniment of five Higher Education Institutions in their effort to raise the quality of their English Programs.

For the past years the Department has offered the Icesi’s Active Camp to the local community during the summer. The Active Camp is aimed at offering children ages 3-12 an unforgettable experience during their vacation from school. In the Active Camp, children have the opportunity to be immersed in the English language while they learn and practice English.

As it occurs every year, ICFES grants a research program to 3 universities from around the country. This year, the University prepared and submitted a proposal on the added valued that higher education institutions offer their students in the process of learning English, which was accepted and is being sponsored by ICFES.

Currently, the Department is conducting research on the field of teaching English as a foreign language.

The Deparment also provides teacher training courses for public school teachers from Cali, as part of its participation in the “Mesa de Bilingüismo de Cali”.

A foreign language teaching conference is held every other year at the University.