ERIC Number: ED231203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
English Teaching Profile (Provisional): Zimbabwe.
British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
This profile of the English language teaching situation in Zimbabwe examines the role of English in society and in the educational system. It is noted that English is officially the second language of the African population and the medium of instruction in all schools. The status of English teaching is surveyed from primary school on up and in all types of schools. Also discussed are school evaluations and specific English programs at the University of Zimbabwe and in technical schools. Statistics on English teachers are given along with some discussion of them and of teacher training. Other topics discussed are (1) materials support, including textbooks and audio-visual materials; (2) English outside the educational system; (3) British support; and (4) the recent opening of a U.S. Information Service. It is noted that there is no research in progress and that further information can be obtained from a 1974 report on African education. A concluding general statement notes the commitment of the new government to universal free education, reduction of illiteracy, and the teaching of English as well as teaching in English. Problems in implementing this plan on all levels are also noted. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.