§ Lord Mayhew
asked Her Majesty's Government:
- (a) in what countries Her Majesty's Government maintain institutes for the direct teaching of English, how many British teachers are employed in them, and what is their net cost.
- (b) how the scale of British direct teaching of English overseas compares with that of the French and German Governments respectively.
- (c) what plans they have for increasing the number of institutes for the direct teaching of English overseas.
§ Lord Belstead
(a) Her Majesty's Government do not themselves maintain institutes for the direct teaching of English. This is the concern of the British Council, which is Her Majesty's Government's agent for executing the cultural aspects of their foreign policy.
The council maintains a total of 39 institutes in the following 29 countries:
Algeria Kuwait Bahrain Lebanon Colombia Morocco Ecuador Netherlands Egypt Oman Ethiopia Portugal Germany Qatar Greece Saudi Arabia Hong Kong Singapore Indonesia Spain Iraq Syria Italy Thailand Japan UAE Jordan Venezuela Yemen Arab Republic
About 950 teachers are employed, and as the council's policy is to recruit British native-speakers wherever possible, the majority are estimated to be of British nationality. Except in the few cases where their work is regarded as properly a part of the aid programme, institutes for the direct teaching of English are expected to be self-financing.
(b) The Goethe Institute runs German language teaching programmes in its 140 institutes in 66 countries. There are currently 124 French institutes and 1,000 Alliances Francaises in which French is taught in 61 and 100 countries respectively. In addition, both the French and German Governments maintain a number of secondary schools overseas in which French/German is the medium of instruction.
(c) The British Council plans to open an institute in Caracas, Venezuela later this year, and there are pilot 1042WA projects in Rome, Seoul and Nicosia. The extent to which the British Council can increase such activities is dependent on the budget resources available.