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    Welcome from the British Council, Colombia

    Welcome from the Minister of Education, Colombia

    Policy Dialogues 2012, 2013, 2014

    Policy DialoguesEnglish for the Future, Cartagena de Indias, 1-3 Oct. 2012

    Conference Programme

    Keynote Speakers

    Plenary Speakers



    Speakers Directory

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    We would like to extend to you the warmest of welcomes to the beautiful and historic city of Cartagena de Indias. It gives us great pleasure to present to you the Policy Dialogues, a series of three events that are designed to provide a forum for the discussion of opportunities, challenges and choices facing policy-makers and educators in the area of English Language Teaching (ELT) across the region.

    Through these dialogues, the British Council in partnership with key stakeholders - aims to foster a common understanding of the issues facing policy-makers and educators across the region, and to arrive at possible solutions. The events, and the interactions that will take place between the events, will explore the role of English as an international tool of communication and as an instrument for positive social transformation in other words, English as a means of bringing people together and changing lives for the better. Through the presentation of best practice from different countries, discussions with academic experts and dialogue among peers, we expect the series to create a mutually supportive, pan-regional network of English educators, policy-makers and influencers key people from public and private institutions who will be taking or influencing decisions about English language policy; decisions that may affect the lives of millions across the continent as we move further forward in the 21st century.

    This inaugural event English for the Future is the first in a series of similar conferences run by the British Council in the Americas. It will focus on three topics of huge relevance across the region, and, indeed, globally: English and New Technologies; English and Teacher Training; and English in the Early Years. The event has been conceived and organised within the context of our long-standing partnership with the Colombian National Ministry of Education, who we are immensely grateful to for all their help, support and guidance - without this invaluable partnership, we would surely have fallen at the first hurdle.

    Future policy dialogues will take place in Brazil in 2013 and Argentina in 2014. Our special invitation is for you to take an active role in this network and to help us plan for the 2013 and 2014 events. We hope you enjoy the conference.

    Chris Rawlings DirectorBritish Council Colombia

    Peter Brown

    Regional English Lead British Council America




    On behalf of the Government of Colombia and the Ministry of Education, it is for me a great pleasure to have you here at the launch of the first Policy Dialogues English for the future.

    In an increasingly interconnected and globalised society in which we live today, it would be unthinkable not to recognise that the teaching of a second language, and English specifically, is an essential tool for our students to communicate and relate better with the world. The benefits of being a proficient English speaker opens up more opportunities for professional and personal growth, and facilitates better integration into the labour market and in English speaking society, amongst many other advantages.

    In Colombia we start with a positive since the Constitution of 1991 recognises that this is a multilingual and multicultural country and that wealth is the foundation to meet the challenges imposed on us by globalisation. However, this is not enough and the Ministry is committed to work on giving everyone access to the teaching and learning of a second language, because we believe that bilingual or multilingual students are best positioned to meet the new demands of this increasingly interdependent world. The ground is laid before us by the exponential growth of new technologies and the huge potential that the growing communications network offers at this time; this makes the boundaries more and more diffused.

    As policy makers gathered here around this subject, our objective is to create spaces; firstly to think of the importance of English learning and teaching, a language that is currently calculated to be the official language of at least 37 countries. Secondly to think about the role of the state in this mission; and that is to seek the creation of better opportunities for our citizens, improve our integration into the global economy, contribute to personal and professional development of Colombians and, therefore, reduce equity gaps, which is one of the central goals the government has set in its National Development Plan.

    Colombia has advanced in its globalisation process with the signing of several FTAs, including one with the United States; therefore the importance of bilingualism becomes an ever growing need for the populace if the country is to become more competitive and take better advantage of these new markets.

    For this reason, in addition to sharing experiences with you, we come here to create a network of analysis and concrete actions that forces us to make commitments in order for the country to grow stronger in the learning and teaching of this foreign language.

    I am therefore pleased to welcome you to this important and landmark event.

    Finally, thank you for your participation and wish you all constructive and productive sessions.

    Policy Dialogues


    Mara Fernanda Campo SaavedraMinister of Education


  • 2012, 2013, 2014

    Policy Dialogues

    The Policy Dialogues are designed to provide a forum for the discussion of opportunities, challenges and choices facing policy-makers and educators in the area of English Language Teaching across Latin America.

    Overall objectives

    To understand better the common issues facing policy-makers and educators across the region and to propose solutions. To explore the role of English as an instrument for positive social transformation. To create a mutually supportive, pan-regional network of English educators and policy-makers and influencers.


    High-level policy-makers from federal/state Ministries/local education authorities across Latin America and other senior stake-holders from public and private institutions involved in the planning and implementation of ELT policy.


    Annual forums in different countries across the continent.

    Cartagena de Indias,Colombia

    Ro de Janeiro, Brasil

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Policy Dialogues



    English and New Technologies Transforming learning Teacher development The next steps

    English and Teacher Education Initial teacher education Continuing professional development Impact and sustainability

    English in the Early Years Learners Teachers Models


    Policy Dialogues

    Cartagena de Indias, Colombia


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  • The Organising Committee of the English for the Future Policy Dialogue, Cartagena 2012, is proud to present the conference programme. During the first day, participants will have the chance to look at the global perspectives in education and English in the future (Charles Fadel & David Graddol) and also at the Colombian experience in particular. There will also be an opportunity to bring together participants concerns around the three main themes: English and Teacher Education, English and New Technologies, and English in the Early Years. The day will finish with a look at how the British Council has helped national education systems worldwide improve English learning (John Knagg OBE). The second day will offer you the chance to participate in a dialogue around the experiences from the English Opens Doors Programme from Chile (Isabel Gonzalez) and Costa Rica Multilinge (Horacio lvarez); two main plenary talks by Michael Carrier & Simon Borg will inspired us for the thematic dialogues on days two and three. By dinner time James Shipton will lead us into the recently launched British Council APTIS, and it will be the moment to meet old friends and do some networking in a more relaxed atmosphere.The last day of the event will open with another interesting dialogue between Paul Woods, Simon Borg, Janet Enever, and Michael Carrier, followed by Janets main talk and the last parallel dialogues. The closing dialogue will feature Mnica Lpez and Hugo opo, representing two key international organisations of regional influence, moderated by John Knagg. Finally, some general conclusions and further closing reflections leading to the 2013 policy dialogue event will be outlined.

    Two parallel activities have been additionally prepared for Ministry of Education delegates: a workshop on common challenges faced by the different country governments (moderated by Charles Fadel, day one), and a visit to Bertha Gedeon public school, accompanied by representatives from local education authorities and moderated b