Past Projects

Past Projects show where we’ve worked since TransformELT was formed, and paint a picture of the variety of areas we work in. If you’d like us for your project, please contact us to start the conversation.

Sri Lanka: Assessing English Language Teacher Proficiency

Sri Lanka

TransformELT and NILE are worked in partnership with the British Council and the Government of Sri Lanka on a long-term project in Sri Lanka to support the development of employability skills, including English, for young people, through the provision of fit for purpose English language teaching. The initial project focused on identifying the gap between current and desired levels of performance. Building on the English Impact Report: Sri Lanka, which identified low levels of English language proficiency among learners, the study explored the English language levels of teachers.

A nationwide sample of 500 teachers from urban, semi-urban and rural areas has been identified. British Council teams invited these teachers to take Aptis tests and complete an online survey to gather data on teacher English language proficiency, learning history, motivations and aspirations. Dave Allan from NILE has developed the sampling strategy and will be analysing the results. Alan Mackenzie of TransformELT has designed the survey and will reporting on those findings. Sarah Mount of TransformELT managed the project.

The results were analysed and a comprehensive report returned: Investigating English Language Teacher Proficiency in State Secondary Schools in Sri Lanka. This report has made both a direct contribution to thought leadership on teacher education and continuing professional development within Sri Lanka, and has provided insight into the wider national debate on EMI, whilst at the same time reinforcing UK expertise in this area.

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