Presentation on theme: "E-English for Teachers: A Case Study from Latin America Graeme Hodgson Director English Language British Council Brazil IATEFL Online – Brighton 2011."— Presentation transcript:
E-English for Teachers: A Case Study from Latin America Graeme Hodgson Director English Language British Council Brazil IATEFL Online – Brighton 2011
The field of Educational Technology has undergone three overlapping phases, as emphasis has passed from mass instruction, through individual learning to group or collaborative learning - Ellington, Percival & Race (1993) Since the 1980s, focus has shifted to applications supporting group work, in which the computer acts as a stimulus for exchanges between participants – Kenning (2007) Theoretical Background
Increase the use of English as a tool for international communication; Global Aims in English Enable digital inclusion of teachers for access to online learning opportunities; Ensure that every teacher and learner of English worldwide has access to quality language services from the UK.
Regional English Project Aim: to create opportunities for Public Sector Teachers by providing access to quality Continued Professional Development, in particular to narrow the gap between resources and EL opportunities available to more affluent and urban communities, and those which are poorer, or in remote and rural areas. 3 Strands : - English language; - Methodology; - Professional networking.
Area Brazil: 8,514,876 km2 UK: 245,000 km2 Distance Oiapoque to Chuí: 4,320 km Lands End to John OGroats: 970 km Geography of Brazil
e-English for Teachers MOODLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Initial online orientation period 150 hours (3-5 hours per week) over 11 months Brazilian e-tutors trained in Distance Education and awarded e-Tutoring Certificate Self-Assessment at the end of each unit Periodic evaluation by e-tutor of quantity and quality of forum posts and written tasks
Placement Test www.oxfordenglishtesting.com CEF Level A2-B1: e-English for Teachers CEF Level <A2 English Teachers Portfolio www.britishcouncil.org.br/etp
Needs analysis involving key delivery partners Training of e-tutors (e-TC) Placement Test (Level A2-B1, KET to PET) Lead time for signing of legal agreements Availability of ICT resources Monitoring and coordination of e-tutors and participants F2F Launch and/or orientation course Link between e-English and CPD / career plan Essential Considerations
Key messages for IATEFL Take Away Message To narrow the gap in the quality of English Language teaching in Latin America and the Caribbean, the British Council seeks to work together with the private sector, and different levels of government, as well as other sponsors. We are committed to the creation of effective partnerships We are committed to the identification of solutions which are appropriate for the contexts in which our partners live and work We are committed to sustainability, through local training and development We are aware that today English is needed for improving skills for employability
Teachers: sign-up for British Council CPD courses (including the e-Moderation course) British Cultural Institutes worldwide: identification and remuneration of e-tutors as form of outreach to public sector teachers in Brazil. Private enterprise: remuneration of e-tutors as a CSR initiative How you can help