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GEORGIA: Examining English Language Teaching & Learning within the Vocational Education Sector [ 01/19 ]


In early January 2019, British Council Georgia accepted the TransformELT proposal for a scoping study to conduct an in-depth analysis of the teaching and learning of English within the Georgian vocational education sector. Alan Mackenzie was contracted to identify the current state of teaching and learning at VET colleges, define benchmarks for both teacher and student quality performance in the classroom, and develop recommendations aimed at improving English language provision in the VET sector.

The resulting report:

  1. reviewed the current levels of English language proficiency of teachers taking into account the data gathered separately using Aptis;
  2. assessed current teaching practices by means of classroom observation, interviews and focus groups;
  3. assessed professional development needs and systems for teachers and learners;
  4. assessed expectations and motivation levels of learners, teachers and academic management;
  5. reviewed curriculum requirements and teaching results as well as teaching resources and tools at six VET colleges;
  6. reviewed formative and summative assessment practices and materials;
  7. mapped key areas for development in teaching content, professional practices of teachers and their continuing professional development,
  8. English language levels of teachers and assessment practices including quality assurance systems.

The report ensured the scoping study findings met the needs of the key stakeholders by sharing the basic findings with them in advance, sense checking their appropriateness, and collecting additional feedback before submission. The resulting narrative gave a detailed description of the existing strengths and challenges in the quality of English teaching in VET sector; suggested a framework for benchmark creation for both teacher and student quality performance in the classroom; gave a clear description of the tools, skills and processes required to efficiently address these challenges; and provided graphic representation of a theory of change that would enable transformation with the system.

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