The University of Westminster recently hosted three teacher educators from Cuba, as a part of an academic exchange and scholarship programme and longstanding link between the university and the Havana Medical Schools and Verona Pedagogical University. Since 2003, 35 Cuban colleagues have benefitted from completing Masters and Summer Courses at the university, whilst Westminster colleagues have shared their expertise, by delivering a number of workshops at universities across Cuba. Many of the Westminster Alumni, involved in the programme, have gone on to hold key and important medical and educational positions in Cuba and overseas.
This visit comes at an important time, as it is coincides with the introduction of a new Cuban policy, towards the learning of English at University level, for which all undergraduates will be required to have level B1 on graduation. Two members of the national Cuban group that has been set up to implement the policy, on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education, Dr. Eduardo Garbey Savigne and Dr. Isora Enriquez O’ Farrill, attended the exchange programme, together with their colleague, Julian Angulo Hernandez. The two-week programme covered a variety of English language teaching-related themes, including developing and scripting audio and visual materials for language teachers and testing productive (speaking and writing) and receptive (listening and reading) skills.