English for Teaching: Teaching for English (ETTE+)

What is ETTE+?

English for Teaching: Teaching for English (ETTE+) is a British Council project that helps teachers of English language in the Central and South Asia region improve their language and teaching skills.

ETTE+ is particularly designed for teachers who live in far-flung areas, and who have not yet benefited from training or development opportunities. English for Teaching: Teaching for English makes this possible by using a new flexible model of delivery that combines direct and indirect delivery of face-to-face, printed, electronic and on-line services. ETTE+ helps school teachers improve their performance in the classroom by enhancing their access to materials, methods and opportunities for their professional training and development.

About the Project- What we do

The project includes:

• Teacher training in English and learner centred methodology

• Training in mentoring and peer support 

• Establishing EL corners for teachers in remote areas 

• Peer-support groups to support continuous professional development of teachers

ETTE runs teacher training courses in all participating countries. The courses offer teachers opportunities to learn newer and better teaching ideas, share their experiences with other teachers and immediately put new ideas into practice.

Through these courses, teachers will learn:

• Basic English-teaching methods 

• Classroom instruction 

• Activity-based instruction 

• General classroom management 

• Presenting a new language 

• Pronunciation 

• Giving a clear and accurate model of Spoken English

Teachers helping Teachers

We are now pioneering peer-support groups in remote areas. This will:   

• Enable greater collaboration and support between teachers in communities 

• Encourage autonomous learning and peer-support   

• Encourage continuous professional development for teachers in remote areas  

ETTE in Nepal (first phase)

We worked in partnership with the Department of Education, Global Action Nepal (GAN) and the Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA) on a three year project (2008-11) which aimed to improve the ability of Primary School English teachers, especially in remote or marginalised areas, to teach the language effectively. We trained over 1000 teachers in 13 districts and over 50 trainers and mentors throughout Nepal. In two and a half years ETTE training was expanded to many remote districts of Nepal like Kailali, Solukhumbu, Baglung, Gulmi, Manang, Lamjung, Makwanpur and Nuwakot.

ETTE+ in Nepal (second phase)

To promote a communicative approach to teaching in Nepal, the British Council, in association with partners including the Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA), Global Action Nepal (GAN), and the National Centre for Educational Development (NCED), initiated a cascade teacher training project from 2008-11: ET:TE (English for Teaching:Teaching for English). The impact extended beyond 3,000 teachers. 

The baseline and monitoring and evaluation were carried out by a UK/Nepal team associated with the Institute of Education, London, which included the Aptis test and indicators from the classroom. BC Nepal standardized this team in classroom observation indicators to assess whether there was any transference of the training into the classroom. The training manuals and master training were split into two: the first as with ET:TE consisted predominantly of a series of lesson plans which could be implemented in low resource classrooms; the second was more pedagogical in nature and required adaptation by both the master trainers and the teachers to implement. 

As the sample table shows, there has been encouragingly positive change against all the classroom observation indicators.

Headings Before Training After Training

Teachers using English in classroom

72 %

96 %

Teachers using English for more than half a lesson

0 %

52 %

Teachers giving instructions in English

42 %

96%

Students speaking in English with teachers

16 %

88 %

Students interacting in English

1 %

46 %

Read Press Articles about ETTE+

Read more about ETTE+ dissemination programme in The Nepali Times and The Kathmandu Post.

Watch ETTE+ Teacher Training Project Promo Video