The objective of this scoping mission is to assess and prioritise the
most important English language training needs in South Sudan, in the
period following independence. Interviews were carried out with
ministries, funders, NGOs, private sector and other groups.
The report recommends that DFID should focus on key areas of English
language teaching (ELT), to provide for:
- wide-spread need for basic functional English, to develop sense of
inclusion in the new nation and to enable access to opportunities for
- wide-spread need for professional / vocational English literacy, in
relation to making sense of written texts in the work place;
- higher level provision for middle managers, focussing upon critical
reading of written texts, and ability to communicate ideas effectively
through spoken and written English.
Above and beyond focussing on these aspects of ELT provision for the
general population, the report recommends a particular consideration be
given to two specific audiences, both critical to nation building:
- improving the English language competence and practice of teachers,
particularly English language teachers in P1 - P4;
- improving the English language competence and employability of
soldiers going through disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration.
Power, T.; Simpson, J. Assignment Report: Scoping Mission for an English Language Training (ELT) Programme in South Sudan. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 48 pp.