It is only recently that diplomatic relations have been restored between the USA and Cuba and the consequences are already being felt.
Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, reports that teaching English is to become a priority for Cuba in the very near future with schools restarting language programs which were effectively halted in the 1970s when Cuba switched foreign language teaching from English to Russian.
But now everything is set to change with even Raul Castro lamenting that, “the Russians studied English. Everyone studied English, except us. We studied Russian.”
This is good news for TEFL teachers in the USA. Before long there will undoubtedly be an increase in movement between Cuba and the US and English teachers will be in demand as Cuba re-enters the international sphere.
Those teachers with foresight and a thirst for adventure and a new country would do well to start preparing the ground now.
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