ERIC Number: ED245553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
English Teaching Profile: Lesotho.
British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
The role and status of English in the African country of Lesotho, where English is the second official language, is outlined. Topics discussed include (1) the place of English language in the country in general and within the educational system, including primary and secondary schools and each major postsecondary education institution; (2) the supply of English teachers; (3) the availability of instructional materials and books in English and the variety in use; (4) educational administration as it relates to English teaching; (5) development and planning of English teaching; (6) English instruction outside the official educational system; (7) British, American, and other agency support for English teaching; (8) commercial opportunities for producing and marketing English materials; (9) the state of creative writing in English; (10) current research; and (11) major sources of information. It is concluded that although British-Lesotho relations remain strong and there is significant need for English competence in education and international relations, there is no clear or coherent government policy for its use and teaching, and no unambiguous assessment of instructional needs and priorities. Scarce money, and scarcity of skilled manpower and materials are cited as reasons; and it is suggested that well-qualified citizens may be drawn to higher pay and more comfortable conditions in other countries. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.