Ireland intros quality Mark
Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:06
Sue Hackett outlines ELT accreditation improvements
With the recent establishment of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) in November 2012, the national accreditation scheme for English language teaching organisations (Acels), as part of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, was integrated into the QQI.
Since then, in line with Ireland’s international education strategy and the 2012 legislation that established the QQI, work has been ongoing on the development of a new International Education Mark for education and training providers in Ireland, including English language providers.
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Uzbekistan ups its EFL game
Created: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:04
Natalia Tsarikova, ELT manager at the British Council Uzbekistan, explains how the Council is helping the country fulfil a commitment to boost English language teaching
On 10 December 2012 the president of Uzbekistan signed resolution 1875: ‘On measures on improvement of learning foreign languages’. The resolution stressed the importance of learning foreign languages for all irrespective of their workplace but, in particular, for those in educational establishments and the Ministry of Education. Since then all the resources of the ministry have been mobilised to realise the presidential decree, including intensive training of all teachers in the country and the introduction of foreign language teaching from the first grade of schooling for all children in the country, with English being taught to over 500,000 children a year.
A set of new English textbooks was developed in country to provide for teaching at primary level. The ministry selected the best teachers to produce the textbooks, and Grade 1 of Kid’s English year. In September it was piloted across the country, and Grade 2 was complete by February 2014. The ministry acted on teachers’ feedback to improve the Grade 1 textbook and review its approach to introducing English at primary level.
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