Month: January 2022

Algeria

Algeria: English for Employability Research

Like other Francophone African countries,  Algeria is experiencing a growing demand for English. Plans have already been announced for the introduction of English at primary level and of English as a medium of instruction at university, although the potential role of English in Algeria is complicated by the deeply embedded colonial legacy of French. This …

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Algeria

Algeria: Supporting School Reform

Transform ELT have been exemplary delivery partners on the British Council’s Supporting School Reform in Algeria project. They have: delivered to time, quality and scope; been extremely flexible and accommodating in response to Ministry of National Education requests to tweak the focus of their ELT products and to deliver additional training; and have produced detailed …

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Programme Evaluation

Emma-Sue Prince Director, Unimenta Alan was great to work with on this project. His fieldwork and data collection were consistently of exceptionally high quality and carried out with great understanding of local context and background. His analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data was astute, articulate and accurate and this was crucial for the resulting …

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BC Global Products

BC Global Products: MyClass

In mid-2018, Alan Pulverness conducted a comprehensive review of the syllabus for a British Council flagship global product for adult learners. This was a non-linear, four-level set of teaching materials with 120 lessons at each level in theme-based blocks of 4 lessons. The syllabus had been developed in separate versions by British Council teacher-writers in …

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BC Global Products: Upper Secondary Plus

In late 2017, early 2018, TransformELT’s Alan Mackenzie and Alan Pulverness wrote the syllabus documents for the new British Council flagship global product for teen English language learners: Upper Secondary Plus (USP). This is a six-level series (B1, B1+, B2, B2+, C1, C1+) with ten learning units each, all based around separate content themes. A …

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Cambodia

Cambodia: Grades 10-12 Textbook Writing

The importance of English in Cambodia for both continued economic development of the tourist industry and for international trade has been recognised. As part of this recognition, improvements to the teaching and learning of English are high on the agenda. Japan’s largest NGO, The Nippon Foundation (TNF), recently funded the development of new English language …

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Cuba: #InglesparaElDesarrollo, biennial conference Cuba 2021

British Council Cuba engaged Alan Mackenzie to participate in #InglesparaElDesarrollo, biennial conference Cuba 2021 held virtually November 9-11. This conference was part of the capacity building actions for teachers and student-teachers of EFL agreed with the ministries of education as part of the collaboration with the British Council and with the participation and support of the teacher …

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Cuba

Cuba: Teacher Development and Curriculum Policy with MHE

In February 2018 TransformELT worked with the British Council, Cuba on an “ELT roadshow” for teachers of English in universities in Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Santa Clara and Havana, focusing on developing learners’ reading and writing skills in English. TransformELT was subsequently invited by the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education to lead a policy workshop …

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East Asia: British Council ESFE Programmatic Framework

Chinese temple + Skyscraper: Photo by Arisa Chattasa on Unsplash In December 2020, British Council East Asia commissioned Alan Mackenzie to develop a detailed technical proposal for a programmatic framework shifting the strategy for English for Education Systems (EES) within the East Asia region away from providing teacher training to a delivery innovation, research and insight-led approach, …

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