We run a number of exciting initiatives that aim to improve English language teaching, learning and assessment. Our English Projects include Self Access Learning, Public Education Systems, partnerships, research and consultancy, and the English Language Co-operative Network (ELCoN). Find out more about our English Projects work below.
Self Access Learning (SAL)
Self Access Learning allows people to learn English from the comfort of their own home. By offering innovative and fun learning materials that are accessible from home computers and mobile phones, SAL helps to engage learners and support more formal learning methods.We have a range of free online tools and materials, including:
- TAGIUNI English Pathways
- Hyatt FM – Obla Air Partnerships
- Word on the Street for television.
Public Education Systems (PES)
Our Public Education Systems initiative involves us working closely with teachers to raise standards of teaching English. We work directly with teachers and indirectly via teacher trainers.
We’re making a difference by:
- running professional networks, such as ELCoN (see below)
- developing face-to-face and online teacher training programmes
- establishing UNWRA English trainer training and teacher training for primary English teachers
- organising teacher training for deaf teachers of English
- mentoring teachers and developing support materials for the Relief International School at Za’atari Refugee Camp
- helping to develop teachers and learning materials for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Amman.
Partnerships, research and consultancy
The principal aim of English Projects is to organise activities that improve English language teaching, learning and assessment.
We work with relevant partners to achieve these goals, and we are always looking for new funding partners to increase the number of activities we can organise.
We develop strong relationships with our partners and they support our activities by attending meetings, offering advice and sitting on committees.
Partners typically include:
- funding partners, such as large businesses with corporate social responsibility funds
- the Ministry of Education
- United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
- universities and other higher education institutions in Jordan
- private language schools
- national associations of language teachers
- ELT sector, including publishers and consultants
- media: TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines
- mobile service providers and internet portal owners.
Research is another key area of our work in English Projects. Working with the Regional English Management team, we carry out tests, organise surveys and gather feedback and information to demonstrate how effectively our activities have delivered their intended impact.
For example, we are able to assess learning impacts by noting people’s changing behaviour and attitudes. We regularly ask the following questions: do people know more following the activities we put on? Do they do things differently as a result of our work? Do they think differently about the UK and the British Council as a result of our actions?
We aim to promote public awareness of the British Council’s work in this area by:
- working with the local British Council communications team, ensuring that the English Education Systems (EES) and Self Access Learning (SAL) activities we carry out are known about both externally and internally
- notifying local and national press and other media of upcoming activities
- writing articles for national ELT journals
- contributing to newsletters for local language teachers’ associations
- speaking at national conferences
- contributing to the monthly internal Global English News
- seeking opportunities to present the British Council’s activity in EES and SAL to the public.