(Ecofin Agency) – In higher education as at primary level, Algeria has begun a reform aimed at making English more present. In implementing this reform, the country is counting on the support of many international partners.
The United States is committed to supporting the promotion of the English language in Algeria. The country of Uncle Sam is particularly interested in the training of trainers. To this end, the American University Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will support the implementation of an English language learning platform for Algerian university teachers.
Said platform was made public on Monday, January 2, in collaboration with the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. “Algeria will operate this platform with the support of the American university “MIT”, reporting more than 30,000 university teachers who will benefit from support in learning the English language”, fills in a note from the ministry.
The collaboration between Algeria and MIT is part of the country’s efforts to introduce English as the main language of instruction in the education system at all levels. At the primary level too, the USA runs training programs for trainers. These programs, in the form of a series of courses, are deployed by the United States Embassy in Algeria and Ohio University online. They allow teachers to discover and learn English teaching techniques and theories.
Since 2019, Algeria has undertaken a reform to replace French with English in its education system. Although this decision had received the appreciation of the majority in the country, it still raised concerns, particularly with regard to the availability of trainers with English language skills.
It should be noted that in addition to trainers, the world’s leading economic power is implementing an English language scholarship program, as well as a project aimed at strengthening the English language skills of public service executives.
Vanessa Ngono Atangana
Algeria is training English teachers to introduce the language into the education system