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The Yemeni Central Security Forces and the British Embassy in Yemen shared the conviction that better skills in Information Technology and the English language among Yemeni administrative personnel would be the key factor in the much-needed modernisation and internationalisation of the Yemeni security sector.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey contracted the British Council Ankara to deliver English communication skills training for a group of 42 graduate diplomats, to enable them to conduct diplomatic business effectively in English when representing the Republic of Turkey on missions overseas.
The Romanian government recognised that, to facilitate the country's efforts towards European integration, the English language skills of groups such as government officials and students in key areas needed to be upgraded.
The Turkish Ministry of Education turned to the British Council for help in implementing a project that would help to develop a key area of the economy, the tourism sector.
After conducting a needs assessment consisting of questionnaires, lesson observations, teacher focus groups and consultation with leading Bangladesh academics, the ETTE project decided to focus on primary school teachers working pre-dominantly in the rural sector.
In 2008 Slovenia was the first new EU member state to host the 6-monthly rotating EU Presidency. The British Council, in partnership with the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, was able to help them respond to this challenge by providing a focused, high quality English language training course: "English for the EU Presidency".
In this far-reaching project, Ministries of Education in 8 countries in the Middle East region identified a common policy priority: the improvement of the teaching and learning of English. They asked the British Council to help them meet their objectives.
The British Council responded positively when approached by the Ministry of Education with a request for help with a project that would address concerns about standards of teaching and learning of English in marginalised, rural areas of Pakistan.
The aim of this unusual and highly successful project was to improve the teaching skills of teachers working in disadvantaged contexts in Romania.
The British Council-managed project was launched to ensure that Ukraine's ELT community understands the change in the learning and teaching paradigms advocated in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Bureau for Development of Education (Ministry of Education) in Macedonia required support in the training of a team of 20 teachers of English in designing materials for teaching young learners that would be implemented in grade one in the state primary schools.