Early in 2010 the British Council in Pakistan invited Hywel Coleman to undertake a review of the condition of English in Pakistan and to prepare a report with recommendations as to where the British Council could most usefully provide support. The report, Teaching and Learning in Pakistan: The Role of Language in Education, was originally prepared, therefore, as an internal document for use within the British Council. However, the report went beyond its original brief. It argued that it would be inappropriate to look at English in a vacuum and that the broader linguistic context of Pakistan, particularly in the field of education, should also be considered. Subsequently the report was published (Coleman 2010a) by the British Council and distributed to various interested parties within Pakistan.