We are excited to announce that Steve Copeland, the Research and Insight Lead for the English Programmes team at the British Council, will be delivering a plenary session at the upcoming ELTA conference. Mr Copeland has had a distinguished career, serving as the British Council’s Head of Examiner Standards and Global Examiner Manager for IELTS. He has worked for over two decades as a teacher, examiner, teacher trainer, materials writer, and academic director across Southeast Asia, South America, North Africa, and the UK. Mr Copeland holds an MA in TESOL from the Institute of Education in London and the RSA DipTEFLA. He is also one of the authors of the British Council book “The Future of English: Global Perspectives.”
The Future of English: A Global Perspective
The British Council’s Future of English programme is a continuation of the landmark publication “English Next” by David Graddol. It aims to identify key trends that will shape the role of English as a global language in the next decade. Mr Copeland’s presentation will delve into the project’s findings, outlining eight themes that are anticipated to have a significant impact on the future of English. These themes have been meticulously analysed and refined through extensive discussions with policymakers and influencers worldwide. The project culminated in the publication of a comprehensive book in 2023. During his presentation, Mr Copeland will introduce these themes, explore their potential impact on educators and institutions, and offer insights into the evolving landscape of teaching and learning in the future.
We are looking forward to a thought-provoking session that promises to provide valuable perspectives on the future of English in a global context.