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Algeria: English for employability research

Like other Francophone African countries,  Algeria is experiencing a growing demand for English. Plans have already been announced for the introduction of English at primary level and of English as a medium of instruction at university, although the potential role of English in Algeria is complicated by the deeply embedded colonial legacy of French. This systemic study, conducted for the British Council in collaboration with Camille Jacob (University of Portsmouth), Amy Turner and Idriss Hadj Nacer (Itri Insights), aims to investigate attitudes, achievements and future prospects for English in the workplace. The study combined a comprehensive review of secondary sources with extensive primary research, drawing on evidence from employers and stakeholders in both private and public education. The study, which took place in March-April 2020, was disrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19, and was concluded remotely. A substantial draft report made recommendations for action on teaching and learning, materials and assessment practices at secondary level, as well as sector-specific interventions in the teaching of vocational English and ESP teacher training.

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