The British Council is promoting the teaching and learning of Arabic language and culture in the UK.
A report entitled ‘Languages for the Future’ published by the British Council, ranked Arabic as the second most vital language to the UK over the next twenty years.
Knowledge of Arabic among people in the UK creates a deeper mutual understanding between our communities and those in the Arab world. Recent research into long-term language needs, looking at a variety of economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational indicators, identified Arabic as the second most necessary language for the UK over the next 20 years. However the gap between this need and current provision is particularly great: Arabic is taught in 300 or 1% of schools in the UK.
Our programme aims to:
- Increase the number of schools in the UK teaching Arabic language and culture
- Provide professional development opportunities, mentoring and modern resources for Arabic teachers
- Produce fresh research into Arabic language and culture teaching pedagogy and initiate a key stakeholder committee to pave a strategic way forward to meet the UK Arabic needs
The Programme currently focuses on the following areas: