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Over £15,000 for new OU research project in rural Bangladesh

A new Open University research project, Learning English for economic development: A case study of migrant workers from rural Bangladesh, has been awarded £15,309 by the British Council’s English Language Learning and Teaching Research Partnership Award.

The project is designed to investigate the relationship between English language learning and economic development. The researchers will look at workers from rural Bangladesh who emigrate to the Middle East and Southeast Asia in search of employment opportunities.

Academics from the Department of Education and the Centre for Language and Communications in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS), will conduct a one year qualitative study beginning November 2012.

It is hoped that conclusions and insights from this research will feed into the development of a large-scale quantitative study of the relationship between English language teaching and economic gain in Bangladesh.

Karen Littleton, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in FELS explains that: 'this exciting and important project aims to provide first-hand accounts of how English operates as a language for international development in the context of economic globalization.'

For anyone interested in the research project, please contact Dr Elizabeth Erling.

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