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Morocco Universities move to English

A group of Students under a French sign in RabatMorocco is set to change its university system, making English the main foreign language taught there.

Currently universities in the country concentrate on French, but the Moroccan Minister for Higher Education announced late last week that in future universities will give preference to English to bring Morocco in line with most other countries and secure a place for the country in the global business community.

In future, Moroccan students will need to be fluent in English to graduate in in various programs including Engineering and Medicine.

Most Moroccan students welcome the change, French often being seen as the language of the former colonial masters of the country, however there are some who feel that Arabic should be promoted.

For qualified English teachers this will mean great new opportunities to head over to Morocco and work within not only the EAP university system but also teaching more general English to younger students.

Useful Links

Teaching English in Morocco‏‎ – all about the opportunities and lifestyle working as an English teacher in Morocco

English for Academic Purposes‏‎ -EAP – about teaching English for university level students

Morocco World News – more on this story

Image © Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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