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 […]
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
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
Alan Mackenzie conducted an initial scoping study to identify the current state of teaching and learning of English in six vocational colleges across the country. Based on his findings, he developed a theory of change and formulated a series of recommendations. Following this, a number of projects related to implementing this change process were defined.
In 2018 TransformELT provided a consultancy for QLS, an association of 31 private language schools in Greece. QLS were seeking an innovative approach to curriculum renewal that would energise their teachers, motivate their young learners and give them a distinctive place in the Greek language teaching market. Alan Mackenzie and Alan Pulverness visited Athens in