Past Projects

China Corpus Project Report: Curriculum and Materials Development

UK-China RIA: Corpus-assisted Curriculum and Material Development

Corpus Project Overview This research project was managed by British Council China for the Chinese Basic Education Curriculum and Teaching Material Research Center (BECTMRC). The project sought to identify:  The most commonly used medium to high frequency, age-appropriate language chunks that are presented in the updated 2021 New National English Curriculum (NNEC) (covering Grades 3 […]

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Argentina: MOOC

In June 2021 schools in many countries around the world remained closed, partially closed or had adapted to a blended model. Challenges remained for teacher training to support teachers in managing remote contexts, to support new approaches to student assessment and engagement, amongst others. British Council’s New Ways of teaching: Skills teachers need in order

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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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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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Nepal – English Language Teacher Education Project (ELTEP) Evaluation Report

In December 2021 we were engaged to collate all the available information from base, mid and endline data ELTEP and write a comprehensive report for external audiences. A second set of internal recommendations were shared in a separate document. The report evaluated the project activities. Baseline and endline data included APTIS test scores and classroom

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Sub-Saharan Africa – Online Content Editing (2021-2022)

This multi-faceted project was designed to support the development of resources for Teaching English Africa, a regional version of the British Council’s Teaching English website, an English Connects initiative. As well as editing a substantial stock of unpublished resource materials for teachers devised for the website, project responsibilities also included the delivery of a series

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Ukraine: School-Based Mentoring

TransformELT with Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) designed a schools-based mentorship programme for the British Council Ukraine between January and March 2021. This included guidance on how to select appropriate mentors according to specific criteria; mentor roles and responsibilities; timelines and tools required for successful implementation; and monitoring and evaluation in schools. The project

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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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Vietnam: Formative Assessment Guidelines and Materials

In 2021 The National Foreign Languages Project (NFLP), part of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in Vietnam, engaged Cambridge University Press (Vietnam) to produce overarching guidelines for formative assessment, together with classroom materials for use by teachers at lower (Grades 6-9) and upper (Grades 10-12) secondary levels. Similar guidelines and materials had already

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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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