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The condition of English in multilingual Afghanistan

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This book presents the issues facing local languages in Afghanistan and the complexity of teaching and learning English.

Afghanistan faces many challenges in the years ahead, with insecurity still a major issue. Efforts to strengthen civil society, employment and skills will need to continue, along with scrutiny from international governments to hold the Afghan government to account. The British Council's portfolio of work matters, as it builds hope through offering opportunities for young Afghans seeking to make their contribution to a stable country with a peaceful and prosperous future. But we need to be patient. This is not a quick fix. Winning hearts and minds can only be done through long-term relationships, sustained dialogue and safe spaces, not quick speed-dating and instant results.

A key part of this cultural discourse is understanding the linguistic landscape and the role of English, and its relationship and interplay with local languages. The condition of English in multilingual Afghanistan is the result of two years of research lead by Hywel Coleman and a team of 24 Afghan language professionals.

Reviews of this publication:

"A landmark study. There is so little on Afghanistan that this will be compulsory reading for some of us for a long time."
Professor Tariq Rahman, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan

"This is an astonishing achievement. The fact that Hywel Coleman and his team have been able to produce a solid wealth of information about current realities and challenges is really commendable and constructive."
Robert Phillipson, Professor Emeritus, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"I have now read the whole report. It is simply fantastic! It is completely amazing that Hywel Coleman and his team have been able to do this. Relevant, realistic, moral, masses of really important and interesting data, something for most of the world to study."
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, working with Mother-Tongue Based Multilingual Education, language diversity, and linguistic human rights, Sweden

This publication is free to download in pdf format below.