Claire has had a busy month with trips to Kazakhstan and Montenegro. In Astana she spent two weeks working for Cambridge International Examinations on the Kazakhstan State School Train the Trainer programme. Cambridge has been working on education reform projects in Kazakhstan since 2011 and this work has included developing curricula, which are due to be introduced from September 2016 in state schools. In preparation for this Kazakhstani trainers were provided with a four week course to familiarise them with the structure, progression, content and aims of the updated subject programmes and course plans using training materials developed by Cambridge. Claire helped to deliver this training to a group of twenty-six English language subject specialists, who will in turn cascade the training to state school teachers.
In Podgorica Claire was working once again with the military English teachers and teachers from the Institute of Foreign Languages. During the workshop on Course Design they developed study paths for the British Council product Learn English Pathways Intermediate 1 & 2 (http://courses.britishcouncil.org/LEpathways/) that incorporated a blended aspect using Skype and/or Viber and email. The Intermediate 1 course will be trialled over the next 10 weeks with a group of sixteen military personnel.
It’s also excellent to see that Claire has had another good review of ‘Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation’, the book she edited with Brian Tomlinson in the latest issue of the TESOL Quarterly journal http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesq.215/full.