Evaluation of PEP in Kazakhstan

Claire has recently returned from Kazakhstan where she carried out the second and final phase of the evaluation of the Peacekeeping English Project (PEP). The aim was to determine the extent to which PEP objectives were met during the last financial year and to review the English language training needs of military institutions in the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to plan effectively for the remainder of the project (until March 2015) and possibly beyond. The outcome was a report that summarised the findings and identified ways in which PEP could support the further development of English language training in the institutions that were visited. She was accompanied by two British Council Kazakhstan colleagues and travelled widely during the week she was there, visiting military establishments in Almaty, Astana, Aktobe and Schuchinsk. One meeting was held at the impressive National Defence University in Astana where intensive English courses that follow the American Language Course (ALC) are run.