Announcement 3


Contributors Requested for publication on English for Development

The British Council seeks contributors to a new publication: a collection of papers on English for Development. Specifically, we seek:

– Papers that fit the parameters described below.

– A co-ordinating editor.

The publication ————— The British Council intends to create a publication consisting of eight to 12 individual papers on the theme of English for Development, written by various authors.

The goal is to produce a print publication which will also be made available on our website. The publication will contain papers which have been completed, or are nearing completion, but have not yet reached a wide audience. They may be by UK-based or overseas-based writers. They need to be of a high standard. Previously published articles will be considered if we can obtain the necessary permission. It is envisaged that all completed papers will have been received by 30 August 2010, though there may be flexibility if some extra time is needed. The publication will be promoted by the British Council’s global network.

In this project, we envisage working in partnership with World Learning, a US NGO that is active in consulting and development education work in developing economies.

Rationale ——— This project will support the British Council’s global mission to inspire and share knowledge and research in the area of English and Development, as part of its English Interface programme. The publication will address key issues without espousing any particular ideological point.

Papers —— For this task, research is broadly defined as ‘any form of disciplined inquiry that aims to contribute to a body of knowledge or theory’. It may include case studies. It is expected that submissions will consist of recently completed work, or work that is nearing completion. We do not expect new studies to be initiated and carried out within the time lines stated. Papers that focus on British Council projects will be welcomed, but this is not a condition for acceptance. Articles should address the themes implied by questions such as:

– Is English beneficial for individuals and societies in developing economies?

– What policies or approaches to improving the teaching and learning of English are more (or less) successful in developing economy contexts?

– What have we learned from projects and case studies of reforms in the last ten to 20 years which introduced or extended English language skills in developing economy contexts?

Writers will receive a fee. They will need to either assign copyright to the British Council, or agree a comprehensive non-exclusive licence that allows the British Council to publish the article on-line and in hard-copy without restrictions. They will still be able to re-print it elsewhere, with acknowledgement to the British Council.

The Co-ordinating Editor ———————— The task will be to receive, and to assure the quality of, submissions for the publication, advising the British Council on decisions on acceptance of papers. The Co-ordinating Editor will be expected, where needed, to provide a limited amount of feedback to researchers. The Co-ordinating Editor will receive a fee, to be agreed with the British Council.

What to do ———- Submitters of papers: Those interested should send the following by e-mail to Adrian Odell (contact details below) by 20 May 2010:

– In the case of completed work, the paper.

– In the case of work that is not yet completed, a summary describing its aim, focus and methodology, and the date by when it will be completed.

– Where applicable, a brief summary of any copyright constraints. Co-ordinating Editor role: Those interested should send the following by email to Adrian Odell (contact details below) by 14 May 2010:

– A curriculum vitae.

– A statement of experience and skills relevant to the task, if not clear in the CV.

General points ————– The British Council undertakes not to make use of, or circulate outside the British Council, any materials received, without the author’s permission. The British Council will acknowledge receipt of and provide feedback on all proposals and expressions of interest by 30 May 2010.

Any questions on the project and the roles described may be addressed to:

Adrian Odell, Projects Manager
Research and Consultancy Team
British Council
Telephone : +44 (0)20 7389 3111
E-mail :



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