This pamphlet conveys an optimistic view of the expanding role of the English language worldwide, and a view of English language teaching (ELT) as no longer being the ‘prerogative of English-speaking countries’ alone. The publication is partly a call to action, and partly a description of the British Council’s work in ELT at the time.

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Among other recommendations, the authors call for the creation of a grammar of the current use of English; recognition that the study of English literature cannot be a substitute for learning to use English; and for more teacher training opportunities for ‘country nationals’.

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