Claire has recently returned from Bangladesh where she delivered a five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) course to 24 English and subject teachers from twelve Cadet Colleges. The colleges were established in 1958 and there are now 9 boys’ and 3 girls’ colleges across the country. Entrance is open to all and is highly competitive as the colleges provide high quality education and therefore the possibility of attaining key professional roles upon graduating. The colleges follow the English version of the national curriculum set by the Ministry of Education, which means all subjects are taught in English.
The British Council have been working closely with the teachers in the colleges since 2014 to further improve the standard of teaching and learning. As part of this project a substantial number of the English teachers have completed the Council’s Certificate in Secondary English Language Teaching (CiSELT) course, and the subject teachers the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Essentials course.
The aim of the recent ToT course was to train two teachers from each college (one English and one subject teacher) so that they can deliver professional development training to their peers when the project draws to a close. The course outlined the key issues in planning, delivering and evaluating teacher training sessions. It also provided input on developmental lesson observations and giving feedback. Lastly, the participants had the opportunity to employ their training skills through micro-training.
The course was hosted by Sylhet Cadet College, who ensured that all the trainer’s and the participants’ needs were fully met. Claire would like to extend her thanks to the Principal Commander Md. Saifur Rahman and the Vice Principal Jahangir Ahmed Chowdhury for their hospitality, time, and support throughout her stay there. Thanks also go to Azizul Haque, Assistant Professor of English and Training Co-ordinator, for ensuring that the course ran smoothly. Last, but not least, thanks go to the participants for their hard-work, enthusiasm, and humour throughout the course. Claire and her colleagues at McIlwraith Education are looking forward to receiving updates on their teacher training progress and experiences.