English in Ecuador. An examination of policy, perceptions and influencing factors

British Council / Education Intelligence
British Council / Education Intelligence

Introduction. “Boosted by oil production and a democratic government, Ecuador is developing a strong national identity. The country has seen periods of political and economic upheaval, alternating between military rule and democracy. Today, the country is pursuing stability by diversifying away from oil into new priority sectors, such as tourism. Historically, quality education has only been available to the wealthy, and while this is changing, the gap between the rich and the poor still needs to be addressed. The current government, headed by economist Rafael Correa, is prioritising English language learning as a means of raising the country’s profile further on the international stage, and public sentiment towards English is generally positive as it is linked with prosperity and better employment prospects.”