Issue 2 of the TUP Magazine

Issue 2 (May 2020) of the Teaching Uniformed Personnel (TUP) magazine is out now. This issue is all about using maps and plans for general English purposes and articles with ideas for using maps and plans with Military, Police and Border Guard students. You can join our growing number of subscribers across Europe, Central Asia and the UK on the English Ideas Project webpage.

The Magazine is a free electronic magazine delivered to your inbox by email in .pdf format.

Global Survey for English Teachers

A request to all our English teaching colleagues. Please find below details of a British Council, Northumbria University survey into reading published research. It sounds interesting and if you can spare the time to complete it, it would be much appreciated.

Global survey for English language teachers: how far does published research matter to you, and why (or why not)?

In conjunction with the British Council, Northumbria University (UK) has recently launched a survey for all English language teachers, teacher trainers and other ELT professionals:


To what extent do you read research about English language teaching and learning? What kind of publications do you read, how often do you read them, and to what extent does this influence what you do in the classroom?  Alternatively, perhaps you don’t read research or about research findings? If not, why not, and what, if anything, would make published research more accessible to you? 

We are interested in the opinions and activities of ALL English language teacherswhether you read published research or not  whether you are particularly interested in research findings or not, and wherever in the world you teach English 

This is a great chance to make your voice heard. The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete, and all answers are anonymous. Findings will be published in a freely available report later in the year. The survey can be found online at:

Take Care and Stay Safe

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.

Hamish, Rob, Claire & Emma

Lessons in Lviv

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.

Teacher Development in Kiev

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.

Claire in Beni-Mellal, Morocco

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 lessons.

In Addis Ababa to Review the PEP Project

Last week I was in Addis Ababa at the invitation of the British Council to review the Peacekeeping English Project (PEP) in Ethiopia. I had discussions at the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defence (EMOND), the British Embassy, British Council and the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission (EFCP). I made a visit to the Air Force base in Debre Zeit and also had the opportunity to observe lessons and talk with regionnal co-ordinators of the project. Many thanks to Peter Hare the PEP Manager and the British Council’s Anteneh Gezaghen for organising an extremely interesting and productive visit.