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  • TESOL 2016: "Developing Teachers' Use of English in the Classroom"

    TESOL 2016

    "Developing Teachers' Use of English in the Classroom," p
    resented by Anne Burns, Donald Freeman, and Anne Katz

    When: Thursday, April 7th, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

    Where: Key 11 Room, Hilton, Baltimore Convention Center 
    Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Using ELTeach, Mexico’s Teachers Improve Results, Achieve English-language Education Goals

    Demonstrating a shared commitment to providing quality professional development for English-language teachers, National Geographic Learning (NGL), Mexican assessment company Review Quality, and five of Mexico’s State Secretaría Educación Pública (SEPs) are working to improve English-language instruction in several states across northern Mexico. The teachers are using ELTeach™, an online professional development, assessment and certificate program developed by NGL in collaboration with US-based Educational Testing Service (ETS).

    More than 3,000 public school teachers have participated in the program as part of the Mexican government’s broader initiative to evaluate and improve its English-language and English teacher education curriculum. English teachers from the Mexican states of Coahuila, Hidalgo, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas were selected to participate in the program.

    The teachers enrolled in either the ELTeach: English-for-Teaching program or the ELTeach: Professional Knowledge for ELT program. Upon completion of the course, all participants have the opportunity to take either the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT™) or the Test of Professional Knowledge (TPK™) assessments, developed by ETS.  Once the assessment is completed, they also receive a detailed score report and a certificate from NGL and ETS.

    English-for-Teaching has given us the necessary tools to teach English using a language that can provide the class with the appropriate pace, the one that can engage learners in the teaching and learning process,” said Beatriz Reyna Nieto, a SEP English coordinator in Sinaloa.

    Dennis Hogan, General Manager of National Geographic Learning, expressed similar enthusiasm for the partnership.

    “We are delighted to be collaborating with the SEPs to help Mexico achieve its English-language education goals,” said Mr. Hogan. “Since its release in 2012, more than 17,000 English teachers in 24 countries have successfully improved their teaching skills using ELTeach. These teachers, and the teachers and trainers in Mexico, are joining a global community of teachers that are more confident and skilled in teaching English in English and in the use of technology for learning.”

    Edgar Paredes Sincel, a teacher from Los Mochis in Sinaloa, noted that ELTeach helped to bring him “back to the basics” of teaching English to his students.

    “As a teacher, you take things for granted, added Sincel. “So [ELTeach] helped me to understand that if you want to have a successful class, you have to go back to the start, where the kids are starting.”

    ELTeach is an online program supporting teachers of English through coursework and assessments in English-for-Teaching and Professional Knowledge for ELT. The program is designed to ensure that teachers of English have the language and professional knowledge necessary to implement their national English curriculum successfully and confidently. It helps teachers to build professional confidence through learning and practicing language and concepts in the context of what they already know.

  • Seminarium Publishes New Video About ELTeach in Chile


    In collaboration with Programa Inglés Abre Puertas (PIAP), Seminarium Certificación Educación has released a new video about the successful implementation of ELTeach in Chile. 

    "I feel that this [ELTeach] training has brought value to my profession and to me as a person," said Claudia Jamarillo, an English teacher for PIAP who recently completed the program.

    Watch the full video (Spanish with English subtitles) below:


    ELTeach in Chile from NGL on Vimeo.

  • CCNN Releases New Video About ELTeach Success in Nicaragua

    The Centro Cultural Nicaragüense Norteamericano (CCNN) has created a new video featuring ELTeach users in Nicaragua. The program was piloted across the country to both public and private school teachers, with much success. Watch the full video below to learn more about the implementation of ELTeach in Nicaragua. 

    ELTeach Program Video Mixto from NGL ELTeach on Vimeo.

  • JASELE: "Global Students from Global Teachers"

    JASELE (Japan Society of English Language Education)

    "Global Students from Global Teachers"

    Date: Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23 2015

    Where: Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan

    Summary: The basic ideas behind ELTeach are; (1) The central role of the teacher, (2) Confidence and efficacy, (3) Time-on-task. Based on these ideas, this presentation discusses the outcomes of in-service teachers as well as pre-service teachers who have engaged in ELTeach program in Japan.

    Discussion: The completion rate and TEFT scores were correlated (time-on-task), in-service as well as pre-service teachers’ confidence improved (confidence & efficacy), and T’s confidence or self-efficacy beliefs related to the students’ same feelings (The central role of the teacher). Therefore, teachers’ English ability is judged to be the key to enhance students’ active involvement in the global society.

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  • JASTEC - "A Case Study on ELTeach Piloting in Japan"


    JASTEC (Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children)

    "A Case Study on ELTeach Piloting in Japan"

    Date: Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th, 2015

    Where: Osaka Seikei University, Japan

    Summary: ELTeach is a program designed to enhance teachers’ confidence to teach English. This presentation discusses teachers’ (1) English abilities (2) Confidence to teach English (3) Self-efficacy to teach English, changed by introducing ELTeach to elementary school teachers in Japan.

    Discussion: The study witnessed that the program enhanced teachers’ English proficiencies as well as their confidence to teach English. However, no significant differences were observed in teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs. However, the past research revealed that confidence and self-efficacy were correlated (Pajares), and this is further investigated.


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  • ELTeach Officially Endorsed by China's BNU

    The School of Foreign Language and Literature at Beijing Normal University (BNU), China, has officially endorsed the ELTeach program, following an endorsement meeting with ELT specialists from research institutes and universities across the country.
    According to their statement, the “ELTeach program meets the professional development needs of Chinese English Language Teachers, which has unique advantages comparing to traditional teacher training. From the implementations in Guangdong, Guizhou, Zhejiang, Beijing and other areas, the competence of teachers have been improved.”
    Read BNU's full ELTeach Endorsement Statement here.

  • English-for-Teaching: rethinking teacher proficiency in the classroom appears in April 2015 ELT Journal

    An article entitled English-for-Teaching: rethinking teacher proficiency in the classroom appeared in the April 2015 issue of ELT Journal (69/2) that proposes a reconceptualization of the language skills teachers need to deliver their lessons and interact with students in the English language classroom.  This concept builds on teachers’ pedagogical knowledge as they learn specific language they can use to implement instruction. The model, found in the ELTeach program, illustrates language use in three areas: managing the classroom, understanding and communicating lesson content, and assessing students and giving feedback.

  • New Publication on the Theory Behind the Practice of ELTeach

    An article describing the theoretical basis for ELTeach will appear in the April 2015 issue of ELT Journal. Authored by Donald Freeman, Anne Katz, Pablo Garcia Gomez and Anne Burns, senior advisors to the project, the article presents the conceptual framework for the training program. It describes how the framework was developed and provides samples of classroom tasks and the language used to enact them.
    Moving away from a model of teacher language based on general English proficiency to one grounded in day-to-day classroom practice, the article explains how ELTeach builds on what teachers know about teaching while introducing specific language that will support teachers in using English to teach English.
    For the full article, see English-for Teaching: rethinking teacher proficiency in the classroom. Donald Freeman; Anne Katz; Pablo Garcia Gomez; Anne Burns. ELT Journal 2015; doi: 10.1093/elt/ccu074

  • More than 1,400 Teachers Develop Classroom English Language Proficiency Using ELTeach


    Demonstrating a shared commitment to providing quality professional development for teachers of the English language, National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of global education company Cengage Learning, and the National Foreign Languages 2020 (NFL2020) Project are working together to improve English language instruction in Vietnam. Using NGL's ELTeach, an online, integrated professional development, assessment and certificate program developed in partnership with Educational Testing Service (ETS), more than 1,400 teachers and trainers in Vietnam have participated in professional development opportunities under the NFL2020 initiative. As a project by the Vietnamese government to build national foreign language capacity, NFL202 provides initiatives to evaluate and improve English curriculum and English teacher education curriculum.

    Through the collaboration, 600 teachers of English were selected from ten Departments of Education and Training (DoETs) acrossVietnam to complete the ELTeach English-for-Teaching online course and assessment. Another 838 trainers also, took part in a training of trainers (ToT) program using ELTeach, which included face-to-face training delivered by NGL to provide the skills necessary to train large groups of teachers moving forward. In September 2014, the participating teachers and trainers took the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT™) Assessment developed by ETS and received a score report and certificate from NGL and ETS upon completion.

    "We are delighted to be collaborating with the NFL2020 Project to help Vietnam achieve its English language education goals," said Dennis Hogan, executive director, National Geographic Learning. "Since its release in 2012, more than 10,000 teachers spanning 19 countries have successfully completed courses using ELTeach. These teachers, and the teachers and trainers in Vietnam, are joining a global community of leaders in English language teaching that are better equipped to teach English in English and are more confident in the use of educational technology. In fact, an interim efficacy report from the Vietnam collaboration notes that of those surveyed, 89% of teachers cited increased confidence in using English in the classroom and 98% of ToTs reported more confidence supporting and coaching teachers."

    "After this course, I have the energy and confidence to start a new school year and an eagerness to apply what I have learned from the ELTeach program," said Ho Thi Phi Phuong, Bui Thi Xuan Upper Secondary School, Hue city. "I hope that in the coming years, the government could create more opportunities for English teachers to take part in professional development courses, like ELTeach, so that we will have chances to connect with native teachers, using updated teaching methods."

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