81 public school students from throughout Brazil participate in online English immersion

Eighty-one students from the Brazilian public school are participating, from May 26 to June 4, in the English Immersion Program – EIP, sponsored by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Brazil.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is not taking place in Brasilia, as it had been since 2007, but rather in an online version of a program specially prepared by the U.S. Embassy in Brazil. 

U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman participated in the virtual opening ceremony and said: “One of the best ways to learn a language is through immersion.  This program will offer that opportunity to the 81 students from all regions of Brazil. It is our hope that our English Immersion Program leads to an improved level of English and opens doors to future opportunities to all those who participate.” 

In this 13th edition of the program, all Brazilian states and the Federal District are represented at a 10-day immersion in U.S. culture and a lot of English language practice.  The program includes interactive activities, games, lectures, round-tables on topics related to U.S. culture and society, and workshops on youth leadership, entrepreneurship, and social impact. 

In order for all participants to have a real experience during the program, the U.S. Embassy sent each participant a kit which included a  Chrome Book personal computer, a 30-day Internet access card, a 30-day Netflix gift card, mix for pancake and brownie for the culinary sessions, candy, popcorn, and several promotional items of the program such as: a t-shirt, a notebook, and a backpack. 

The selected participants are between 15 and 18 years old, have excellent academic and social skills, and are semifinalists of the selection process for the 2020 Young Ambassadors Program. 

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