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Dr Simon Borg reports on impact of BC EFL courses

11 January 2010 |

Dr Simon Borg recently completed a study for the British Council of the impact on students'lives of British Council EFL courses. For this study, interviews wereconducted with 47 British Council students in Muscat, Cairo, Rome,Madrid, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City.

The study provides clear evidence of the varied ways in which students feltthat improving their command of English makes a significantcontribution to their lives. Students reported they felt the biggest impacts were in the following areas of their lives:

  • Employment prospects, performance and promotion
  • Access to education and professional development
  • Use of technology
  • Leisure activities
  • Intercultural communication and understanding
  • Confidence
  • Attitudes towards English and the UK
  • Access to information and service encounters
  • Citizenship

The final report of this study can be downloaded from http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/transform/books

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