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 February 2018 for extensive discussions with QLS Directors and observed classes in a number of schools. On the basis of this scoping visit, TransformELT produced a theory of change and full project proposal, which was revised and refined in the light of further discussions at IATEFL and Eaquals conferences.
The final proposal was predicated on teacher involvement as a foundational stage of a comprehensive scheme of curriculum renewal. A teacher survey was designed in order to identify a core group of curriculum ‘champions’ with whom we would co-create an approach to methodology based on engaging songs, games and interactive classroom activities. The approach would then be cascaded by the curriculum champions using videos of its implementation as a basis for peer training. The training would be organised around a number of content-based projects, drawing on existing content in the most commonly used teaching materials.