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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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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: 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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Georgia: Teaching & Learning in VE

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. …

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Greece: Cosmopolitan Competencies Framework©

TransformELT is currently working on the third development phase of the Nikolopoleio Cosmopolitan Competencies-Citizens of the World © programme. The first two phases – launching and piloting – have been completed and TransformELT is now moving onto the full development of the competencies curriculum and its accreditation. The programme has already been met with increasing …

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Vietnam: Formative Assessment for ELT in schools

The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has recently acknowledged the value of formative assessment (assessment for learning) in the teaching of English from Primary Grade 3 to Secondary Grade 12. In a far-sighted and progressive policy, MOET has taken a comprehensive approach to fully integrating formative assessment practices within the national curriculum. Guidelines …

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