This large scale, multi-pronged British Council intervention in West Africa is part of DIT and FCO’s push to expand UK culture and trade links around the world. There are currently 18 separate projects working in nine different countries. The three projects we are involved in all work across multiple locations. They aim to build sustainable resources and demonstrate sustainable ways of working.
Toolkit for English Clubs
In 2018, Helen Callanan worked on the ground in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire to develop a pilot Secondary English Club Toolkit – a separate one was developed for tertiary clubs. Following the success of the initial project, Abayneh Haile, David Watkins and Alan Mackenzie went on to develop a larger toolkit.
This is an online series of activity recipes with accompanying videos. Workshops for club coordinators and leaders were conducted in all nine countries. Although the target audience is student leaders, the fun, interactive nature of these activities is leaking into the classrooms.
English Connects: CPD Video Series
Filmed in Cameroon, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire, a series of 10 themed videos with associated observation and discussion tasks form a CPD resource for teachers. Because these videos demonstrate good practice and can be watched anywhere and at any time, they help to reach remote locations and help stimulate discussion on areas of interest to teachers of English in Africa. Where there is little in the way of teacher support, these videos can help guide teachers to improving their teaching practice.
English for Employability Research
Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola, Cameroon and Djibouti, while traditionally French-speaking are increasingly trading with the UK, US, China, and English-speaking African countries. In this five-country study in collaboration with Wendy Arnold (ELT Consultants), Julia Whittaker (The Big Solution) Phil Dexter, and Helen Marjam, we are taking a systemic look at the situation of the place of English in the workplace and the state of English for employability in Francophone Africa. The research study will employ local researchers supervised by our team to investigate all aspects of the education system.