As part of the British Council’s commitment to English Language provision in Iraq, we are supporting the Ministry of Education’s English Language Teaching Development Team.
The group of eighteen teachers of English and Ministry of Education specialists from all of Iraq was formed in June by open recruitment. Flexibility, creativity and motivation were considered as important as awareness of teaching issues. The team’s remit includes planning and implementing the development of teaching materials, teacher training and English language testing across all Iraqi schools. Their slogan is 'Learning by Doing with the Guidance of an Expert'.
So far there have been two workshops for the team facilitated by a team from Leeds University and with British Council support At the first, which took place took place in Amman, Jordan, in September, the team formulated its main aim:
“The aim of the ELT Development Team is to promote the development of the learning and teaching of English in Iraq in order to meet the needs of learners and teachers, taking into consideration the needs of society.”
The second event took place in Leeds during November and December. Under the guidance of the University’s School of Education, the team worked in some detail on studies of the ELT situation in Iraq, evaluating textbooks with a view to possibly adopting them in Iraqi schools and on needs for teacher training in the country.
A further follow-up event for longer term project planning is planned in Spring.