British Council

british-council-logo-300The British Council is a British organization specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities. There are 70 British Council Teaching Centres in 53 countries, including several in Hong Kong. 1,189,000 class hours were taught to 300,000 learners in 2006/07. It claims to be “the world’s largest English-language teaching organization”. In its examination centres, the British Council administers 1.5 million UK examinations to over one million candidates each year. It is also working with the UK’s award bodies to extend the range of professional qualifications available overseas. The Council oversees British schools operating internationally through bodies such as COBIS, NABSS, and the European Council of International Schools. The British Council helps to run the global IELTS English test and other English language testing on behalf of partner organizations.

ielts-logo-100The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS /ˈaɪ.ɛlts/, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. Established in 1989 it is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL and TOEIC exams. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world. more…

British Council Hong Kong

The British Council in Hong Kong operates several training centers around the territory and offers classes and exams in many areas. These include most of the Cambridge English Language Assessment courses and exams including Young Learners (YLE – Starters, Movers and Flyers programs), KEY, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, and BULATS. It also conducts regular IELTS classes and examinations across the territory. See the links below for more specific information on the Hong Kong organization, locations, and course and exam offerings.

See Also

British Council Global

British Council Global Home (UK)
About the British Council

British Council Hong Kong

British Council Hong Kong Home
English for Adults
Hong Kong Language Center Locations
Cambridge English: Courses and Resources
Cambridge English Exam Home
IELTS Exam Preparation
IELTS Test Dates, Fees, and Locations