This is the latest in the series of Americas regional policy dialogues following Cartagena, Colombia and Santiago de Chile, bringing together decision makers from ministries and authorities in the Americas to look at solutions leading to the systemic improvement of English Language Teaching (ELT) in public education contexts. In this edition, the policy dialogue was co-hosted by the British Council and the Government of Jalisco.
Through a combination of plenaries, discussion panels and presentations, the two-day event explored educational policies and interventions around foreign language teaching and learning in the Latin America region.
The event was attended by representatives of the education and ELT sectors in the United Kingdom, which will contribute to strengthening existing bonds with Latin America and increasing opportunities for collaboration.
This publication comprises the output of each delegate’s participation in the event. Each contribution enriched the discussion and allowed attendees to reflect on topics ranging from the importance of English for economic development to the key success factors in language teaching in public education systems. All the while showcasing trends and innovations with the potential to improve the quality of English language teaching in Latin America.
Here you will find policy briefs on English language teaching and examples of innovation for systemic improvement in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay and Venezuela. It makes for fascinating reading. I hope that, as well as being of general interest, it will be helpful to policy makers wishing to address the need for quality English language teaching in their own countries and across the region.