At this difficult time, we are thinking of all those we have worked with over the years across the world, and wishing them, their family and their friends well. We look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future. Take care all.
Rob spent last week at the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Army Academy in Lviv, Ukraine, working with 23 teachers on the British Council Certificate in Vocational English Language Teaching course. The teachers were from military training institutions from Lviv, Kharkiv, Odessa and Kamianets-Podilsky. The course was organized by the British Council, the Defence Section of the British Embassy in Kiev and the Ukrainian Defence Ministry.
Rob was in Kiev last week (24 – 28 February 2020) running an ESP Teacher Development Course (based on the British Council CiVELT course) as a joint project of the British Embassy and the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, delivered by the British Council Ukraine. The training involved 16 teachers from Kiev, Poltava and Odessa and was held at the Defence University of Ukraine named after Ivan Cherniakhovskyi.
It has been a busy start to 2020 for McIlwraith Education.
As Hamish was heading back from Ethiopia, Claire was on her way to Beni-Mellal,
Morocco to support the six local, master trainers as they cascaded the Digital
Resources in the Classroom workshop. The trainers worked in pairs, jointly
delivering the one-day workshop in three locations, Beni-Mellal, Khouribga
& Khawarizmi, reaching over 50 secondary school teachers. The main aims of
the workshop were to familiarise the teachers with the British Council’s
LearnEnglish Teens site and provide then with the opportunity to practice
selecting appropriate content to blend with their course books. Moreover, time
was given to planning reading and listening lessons using Teens content.
Claire’s thanks go to the trainers for the hard work they
put into their preparation for the workshop and for their professionalism in
delivering it. Her thanks also go to the teachers for their enthusiasm during
the workshops and she wishes them all the best in delivering their first Teens
Claire has just returned from a work trip to Beni Mellal, Morocco for Phase 2 of the British Council’s Digital Resources in the Classroom project. This phase began with the training of six local expert teacher trainers. Via a predominantly experiential learning approach, they were introduced to a digital resources course that focuses on the selection and use of the British Council’s LearnEnglish Teens in class. They in turn will cascade the training to 150, Year 9 & 10 English teachers in the Beni Mellal region in the New Year. Claire is looking forward to joining them for this stage of the training.
Claire would like to thank the trainers for their hard work and for their constructive suggestions on where alterations to the course should be made before the cascade training takes place. She would also like to thank the Académie Régionale de Béni Mallal Khénifra Region for hosting the event and being so welcoming. Lastly, her thanks to Salma Tbaik, Project Officer, English and Education, British Council for accompanying her on the trip and ensuring that everything ran smoothly.
Rob was back in Minsk last week, working with twelve English language teachers from the University of Civil Protection of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, which trains fire-fighters and other rescue personnel. The course was based on the British Council CiVELT course and had a focus on the training of emergency call operators as Belarus is gearing up for the 2nd European Games which will be held in Minsk at the end of June. Rob was most impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the English teaching team at the University. The course was organised by the British Council in Ukraine and the British Embassy in Minsk.
Claire has had a busy couple of weeks. She paid a return visit to
Rabat to work with the same group of Middle and High school English teachers on
the LearnEnglish Teens (http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/)
mapping project. During the two-day workshop they finalised mapping the content
from Teens to their Year 9 & 10 coursebooks. The teachers also created
lesson plans to accompany the Teens content that they will pilot with their
students later this month. They designed some excellent lessons and Claire
wishes them every success with the trial.
Rabat Claire travelled to Liverpool to attend the 53rd International IATEFL
She focused her attention on sessions related to teaching with technology and
trainer development and came away with a couple of ideas to pursue! Best of all
she caught up with a number of former colleagues and friends. She was
especially delighted to meet the Cuban team, who she had worked with last year
with her colleague Alan Pulverness, TransformELT namely, Yailet Landrove,
British Council, Dr Santiago Rivera Pérez, Ministry of Higher Education, Dr
Eduardo Garbey, University of La Habana, and Zoe Dominguez, University of
Claire recently paid a flying visit to the beautiful and
fascinating city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital. She was there to run a two-day
workshop for English and subject teachers from Middle and High schools on the
British Council’s LearnEnglish Teens website (http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/).
The aims of the workshop were to familiarise the participants with the
website’s extensive content and to present a template for them to map, in a
principled way, this content against their English language coursebooks for
Years 9 and 10. The teachers also had the opportunity to practise mapping the
digital content, a task that they will complete post workshop in readiness for
a short pilot study during which they will use LearnEnglish Teens with their
Claire would like to thank the participants for their hard
work and insightful input during the workshop and to wish them every success
with the pilot study.
Rob spent last week in Belarus delivering a Masterclass in Teaching course for 14 Military Academy teachers at the Central Officer’s Club in Minsk. The course was jointly organised by the Military Academy, the Belarus MOD, the Defence Section of the British Embassy and the British Council in Ukraine. The revised British Council Certificate in Vocational English Language Teaching (CiVELT) course was used as the core of the programme, supplemented with McIlwraith Education materials.
The course considered all aspects of ESP teaching
and the teachers were introduced to new ideas and activities for skills
based lessons, and vocabulary and grammar teaching. The event was closed
by HM Ambassador to Belarus, Ms Fiona Gibb, and Colonel Susha, Deputy Commandant
for International Co-operation at the Military Academy.