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Read about some of the exciting projects that Sue Leather Associates has been involved in.

Consultancy for Central and South Asia regional ELT project


ETTE (English for Teaching: Teaching for English)was a four-year British Council project which included seven countries in the Central and South Asia region: Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh and Nepal. It ran from 2007 to 2011. It aimed to improve access to English for millions of learners by upgrading the skills and increasing the confidence of teachers.

The project aimed to reach marginalised teachers in both remote rural areas and in disadvantaged urban areas. The objectives were to improve the teachers´ classroom performance in both methodology and language, by enhancing their access to materials, methods and development opportunities. Sue Leather Associates provided lead consultancy and guidance on the project. This included meeting facilitation, mentoring and advice, management of the project moodle, trainer training and training in materials development.


Primary and secondary trainer training in Serbia and Montenegro

This was a two-year project, in support of the Ministries´ national education reforms. The project started in Serbia and then moved on to Montenegro. Its aim was to train a cadre of teacher trainers to be able to train teachers via materials they themselves would write tailored to the educational contexts of Serbia and Montenegro.

The trainer training courses focused on key skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by teacher trainers and on the development of a twenty-hour teacher training course written, piloted and revised by the trainers. Feedback on the quality of trainer training courses and on the subsequent courses run by Serbian and Montenegrin trainers using the materials they had designed was extremely positive.

In addition to strong qualitative impact, the lasting quantitative impact of the project was considerable. In May-June 2003, for example, 30 Serbian trainers trained 722 teacher in 22 cities and towns all over Serbia. Three years later, in January 2006, the same group of trainers held a series of workshops in 11 towns in Serbia for 446 primary school teachers. The real results are, of course, seen in the classroom, where as one observer noted, ´if teachers are creative and interested in their work students learn better´.  See British Council description of the project in Montenegro here.


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ELT Reform in Tunisia


Two members of SLA were part of a team of three consultants who conducted a scoping mission for British Council and Ministry of Education and Training in Tunisia in late 2007. The broad remit was to evaluate the present state of ELT in Tunisia, with particular attention paid to national examinations, coursebooks, syllabuses, and school management systems.

The recommendations made in the report have led to the instigation of the English for the Future project, a long-term project aimed at systemic reform of ELT in Tunisia. The project will focus on the design and implementation of new coursebooks and standards of attainment linked to the Common European Framework for Languages. Another strand of the project aims to provide learners with increased job prospects through provision of vocationally-oriented language tuition.

The Tunisian Ministry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with British Council to develop the project. The partnership represents one of the British Council´s largest ever commitments to state school ELT reform. Further details


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