The British Council has been a key partner since the Trust was founded in 1961. Links between the two organisations date back to 1942, when the Trust’s founder, A S Hornby, began working for the British Council. He was instrumental in setting up English by Radio (in collaboration with the BBC) and the English Language Teaching Journal (later in collaboration with Oxford University Press).  


Hornby wanted to ensure that the Trust benefited from the expertise and outreach of the British Council, and forged a relationship that remains to this day. To find out more about the partnership, click here









VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) enables volunteers from the UK to make a difference in developing and transitional countries. Working in partnership with local educational and professional organisations, it plans and executes projects designed to achieve valuable international development goals. We support VSO when its projects focus on English language teaching and teacher education.










IATEFL is the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, and Hornby scholars studying in the UK are encouraged to become members. We pay for their first year of membership and also for them to attend the annual IATEFL conference.


In return, scholars give presentations to the conference on how their studies relate to teaching in their home country. The 2012 presentations received warm praise from Scott Thornbury, influential author of language teaching and learning publications, in a subsequent interview - you can view a video of this or read the transcript.







Euralex is the European Association for Lexicography. Since 1995, we have contributed to the biennial Euralex congresses by sponsoring a UK specialist to attend. These events, which are attended by professional lexicographers and others from across Europe, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. Click here to find out more about the relationship with Euralex.










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Our associates

1983 – The Trust made its first grant to VSO

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In 1948, Oxford University Press (OUP) published A S Hornby’s dictionary, A Learner’s Dictionary of Current English. The philosophy and much of the structure and content of that volume remains evident in the latest (9th) edition of the dictionary, now published as the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (ALD). A S Hornby’s generosity in bequeathing his substantial income from the dictionary for the long-term benefit of English language teachers remains fundamental to the Trust’s vitality and viability. To hear an OUP interview with A S Hornby from 1974 click here


To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Trust, OUP published a commemorative booklet about the life and work of A S Hornby entitled ‘The Man who Made Dictionaries’. You can read the booklet here 

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