As American tourism blossoms in Cuba, the government has begun requiring that high school and university students learn English, BBC New reports. In the past, students had been given the option between Russian or English — but that was during the Cold War era. Now that Cuba’s diplomatic relationships have changed and English-speaking tourists are flocking to the country, English is preferred.
For locals, learning English means getting a piece of tourist money, and there’s plenty to be earned. However, outdated technologies in the country are proving to be a challenge for teachers who are facing pressure from the government to make English the country’s second language.
The BBC has written a great article explaining how Cuba’s people are affected by both the tourism and learning English, which you can check out here.