U.S. Embassy Launches English Program for Aeronaval Service Personnel

Panama City, August 31, 2020.- The U.S. Embassy in Panama, through its Regional English Language Office, is launching a 16-week English language program exclusively for Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) personnel.

This program will enhance the English skills of over 30 members of SENAN, reinforcing the staff’s capacity to safely protect Panama’s airspace and territorial waters. An English specialist from the United States will teach five days a week, two hours per day for each of the two groups. The program is jointly funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“I hope the upcoming weeks of training in my native language are productive and help improve your English skills. I can tell you, from personal experience, increasing your ability to communicate in another language facilitates greater international collaboration and opens doors to new cultures and perspectives. I hope English enriches your world as much as Spanish has enriched mine,” stated the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Stewart Tuttle during the virtual ceremony.

SENAN Deputy Commissioner Pedro Jimenez congratulated his team on starting this new training: “We are convinced English skills will be of great use in our daily tasks and assignments, since the field of aviation relies heavily on manuals, bulletins, and technological platforms that are in English.”

This program is one of many projects and trainings coordinated by the U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Office to strengthen English learning in Panama.