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British Council celebrates 15 years’ teacher training

The British Council and the CBB English Language Teacher Training Project, which trained over 2,000 teachers for over 310,000 pupils celebrate 15 years’ teacher training this year.

Twenty nine Education Ministry officials, Council for Business with Britain (CBB) committee members, Regional English Support Centre (RESC) mentors and British Council staff gathered in the auditorium of the Education Ministry to celebrate the long running CBB English Language Teacher Training Project.

The project has been running since 2005, and it draws to a close this year. It grew out of six weekend workshops round the country and developed into the annual delivery of English language teacher training to approximately 200 English language teachers nationwide.

The course is a distance teacher training with study sessions run by the trainers at the 31 RESCs across the country leading up to the University of Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test.

Speakers at the event included Education Ministry Secretary Prof. K Kapila C K Perera, CBB President Roshanie Moraes, British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton and British Council Education and English Director Louise Cowcher.

Because of COVID-19, the project did not hold its annual awards ceremony. Instead, the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test and British Council Teacher Training Certificates were given to the teachers at their RESCs. A collage of photographs taken during these smaller ceremonies were displayed at the event. The RESC mentors attended the event and were given certificates for their work on the project.

The publication, A Celebration of the CBB Teacher Training Project: 2005-2020 – Case Studies from across the country by the Council for Business with Britain and the British Council was launched at the event. The projects legacy is the cadre of trainers and teachers it created who then impacted on hundreds of thousands of pupils. This publication collects their often very personal stories.

They talk about how the project impacted their lives, their schools and their pupils. Within their narratives are the techniques they learnt like the use of the correction code to make error correction more motivating, resources they added to their teaching baskets like authentic materials and puppets, and teaching skills they adopted like more communicative

lesson planning and using concept checking questions to check understanding of meaning.

Their stories show children becoming more confident in their use of English and becoming more motivated to use English. Teachers also cite the increase in their pupil marks in end of term tests and in O/L and A/L. The case studies clearly illustrate the move from teacher to student centred classrooms and a corresponding increase in teacher and student confidence.

The event also showcases this year’s addition to the project in the form of an employability poster competition. Teachers on the project worked with their classes to produce a poster on a topic connected to employability. These posters were shortlisted by the RESCs, then by

the British Council, and the finalists were selected by members of the CBB committee. The winning teachers whose classes submitted the successful posters received their awards.

The posters were on display at the event and also included in the case study publication.