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English for Progress

English for Progress

This year for the first time we will be hosting a virtual Policy Dialogue alongside the face to face conference in Delhi 18-20 November 2009. We hope to reach a wider audience, who will be able to follow the conference, in India and internationally, via the internet. We also hope that delegates and speakers will take part in the online event by interacting with each other and the online audience. English for Progress online goes live on 1 November.

There will be four official bloggers who will be covering the conference by posting to these pages. They will be writing on the sessions and their impressions of the conference. Our bloggers would love to read your comments, so check out their posts and write something back! You only need to input your name and email address to leave a comment. 

The Third Policy Dialogue aims to highlight challenges and reveal best practices in English language teaching and learning that can benefit the education system, teachers and learners in India and Sri Lanka. The dialogue will feature the launch of ‘English Next: India’, which is being published by the British Council and written by David Graddol, a well-known U.K. writer, broadcaster and lecturer. The publication will highlight the status and issues in English language education in India. Read more on this and previous Policy Dialogues.


1. Amol Padwad - November 18, 2009

It’s really a fantastic initiative to have a virtual event alongside the actual one. This will expand the reach of the event tremendously and may allow the participation of much larger section of concerned people.

For me personally this is a great help, because I had to opt out at the last moment on health grounds. But now I will be able to follow the event online.

Thanks, BC!

Amol Padwad

2. Peter Fiedeldij Dop - January 11, 2012

In The Netherlands just post Second World War as a ten year old schoolboy French was the first foreign language we were offered. Now, sixty years later my granddaughter is almost bi-langual Dutch and English. In business and the media English vocabulary is pushing out Dutch words, that are considered old-fashioned. My point is, that the middle classes, doing business also internationally will automatically want to if not need to learn English as well as anywhere else in the world. Perhaps focussing on English courses for adults is a good advise on the relatively short term.
Peter Fiedeldij Dop, Dutch non-fiction writer.

3. yashsaee - February 19, 2012

This is really welcoming move of British Council. In India particularly English has a great demand and wast section of population is wish to get progess in English.But resourcess are limited to acquire quality in langauge. In that regard, such kind of initiatives can make thing better.

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