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Learning English in Brazil: Understanding the aims and expectations of the Brazilian emerging middle classes

The more affluent in Brazil have had access to English learning for many years. However, overall English proficiency levels in Brazil are still very low, with only around 5% of Brazilians stating they have some knowledge of English. How can effective English teaching be implemented to reach the emerging middle classes? And what are the aims and expectations of these learners?

This report was drafted by Data Popular for the British Council to answer these questions. It includes an appraisal of current English language teaching provision, identifies business opportunities in English teaching and explores the specific needs of different groups seeking to learn English. It is relevant to teachers, school managers, academics and policy makers interested in the teaching of English for the Brazilian emerging middle classes.