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:
READING RESEARCH: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
TEACHERS’ PRACTICES AND PRIORITIES.
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 ALLEnglish language teachers, whether you read published research or not, whether you are particularly interested in research findings or not, and wherever in the world you teach English.
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
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.
McIwraith Education and the English Ideas Project are proud to announce the first issue of a new free electronic magazine for military, police and border guard English language teachers. Teaching Uniformed Personnel will be published quarterly and sent electronically to teachers who sign up for it.
The first issue can be downloaded from the link above where you can also go to the sign up page. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.
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 went to Skopje in September at the invitation of the British Embassy Defence Section, working with the STANAG Testing Team. Rob helped the Team moderate items for listening and reading tests at Level 1 and 2. They also discussed design issues with computer-based tests of listening and reading and compared computer-based delivery with pen and paper tests. Last week he returned to work with the Centre for Foreign Languages on their new curriculum. The Centre is realigning their curriculum and courses to the STANAG descriptors as part of North Macedonia’s joining of NATO. Rob also explored some more ideas of how to integrate IT into lessons with the Centre’s teachers and a teacher from the Military Academy, building on Claire’s earlier work with the teachers. At the same time, Hamish provided distance advice to the Team on approaches to online testing.