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More than one million Brazilians will be trained in a second language after the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Education First (EF) signed an agreement on Thursday, making the international education company the official supplier of language training services for the Games.
From 2015, EF will deliver language training to candidates for the Rio 2016 volunteer programme, organising committee staff and contractors, and Brazilian school children.
The language training programme, which will also be integrated with the Rio 2016 education and culture programmes, will help prepare the Games volunteers by offering a one-year course. For the general public, a website will offer a basic English course and also provide information about the Games.
This focus on legacy means that all candidates for the Rio 2016 volunteer programme - not only those who are selected - will be trained in a second language. English, Spanish and French will be the main courses.
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