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Basic English Foundation archive: Welcome

Introduction to the archive of the Basic Education Foundation.

About this guide

This guide provides and introduction to the archive of the Basic English Foundation. The BEF was established in 1947 to promote the use of the 'international language' Basic English developed by Charles Kay Ogden (1889-1957) for teaching English to speakers of other languages. After a controversial history, it finally wound up its activities in the 1960s.

From the archive

White Paper CMD. 6511 incorporating Churchill's statement to the House of Commons outlining a strategy to develop Basic English as an 'auxiliary international and administrative language' (RefNo BFE/5/10)