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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • ELTeach Certificate Ceremony in Costa Rica garners media attention


    On December 10, 2014, a Certificate Ceremony was held to mark the completion of the first ELTeach implementation in Costa Rica, attracting local media attention.

    136 teachers of English, from Pérez Zeledón, Coto, Aguirre, and Grande de Térraba, were awarded their Certificates for completing the ELTeach: English-for-Teaching coursework and assessment between March and September 2014.

    The program was offered in partnership with Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano (CCCN) and sponsored by the Costa Rica and USA Foundation (CRUSA).

    TvSur Canal Catorce was on hand to cover the day's events.

    136 teachers graduate after receiving a virtual program

  • ELTeach Featured at Conference for Learning in the Digital World


    ELTeach was featured at Palestine's International Conference for Learning and Teaching in the Digital World, on March 30, 2014.

    The session, titled ELTeach: Online Professional Development for English Language Proficiency and Professional Knowledge, and presented by Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Regional Marketing Specialist, National Geographic Learning, examined the concept of teacher language proficiency as it is linked to professional knowledge needed for ELT.

    Participants explored a new theoretical framework, based on the notion of "language competence-for-teaching" that emphasizes how teachers can develop greater command of the situtational language of the classroom and thus build confidence in using English producively for pedagogic purposes.

    Mrs. Jennings-Robinson introduced the framework, explained how it was developed, and discussed how it has been used to develop ELTeach.

    She followed with a report on the piloting of the program in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, using survey data showing teachers’ responses to its effectiveness for increasing language competence and confidence to use what is learned in practice.

    Date: March 30th 2014

    Location: An Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine

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  • National ELTeach Tour in Pakistan Draws 700 Attendees


    A national tour promoting the recent implementation and successful completion of the ELTeach program in Pakistan was held in the cities of Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi, from May 27-30, 2014.

    The events were sponsered by NTS Pakistan, Cengage Learning's exclusive ELTeach partner in Pakistan, and included seminars on the 'Professional Development of Teachers' as well as certificate ceremonies for the teachers who successfully completed the ELTeach coursework and assesssments in March. 

    Over 700 participants attended across all three cities, including government officials, public sector educational policy makers, representatives from NGOs, faculty and staff from higher and further education providers, private schools and colleges, national and regional ministries of education, and representatives from teacher education projects.

    Key speakers at the events included Dr. Haroon Rashid, CEO, NTS Pakistan and Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Regional Marketing Specialist, Cengage Learning. Additional speeches were given by invited honoured guests.

    Chief guests for each city included:  

    Islamabad: Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
    Lahore: Mr. Rai Haider Ali Kharal, Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab on Literacy
    Karachi: Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh, Minister for Culture


    Prof. Dr. Muhktar Ahmed, Chairman of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Cengage Learning, and Dr. Haroon Rashid, CEO of National Testing Services Pakistan at the Certificate Ceremony in Islamabad.


    Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Cengage Learning, Mr. Rai Haider Ali Kharal, Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab on Literacy, and Dr. Haroon Rashid, CEO of NTS Pakistan, present a Certificate of Completion and Achievement to a teacher for ELTeach in Lahore.


    Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh, Minister for Culture, and Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Cengage Learning, in Karachi.

  • Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam adopts ELTeach


    Thai Nguyen University, one of five Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) approved Regional Foreign Language Centers in Vietnam, has implemented the ELTeach program with public elementary school teachers drawn from surrounding provinces.

    The teachers began their coursework in Summer 2013, all participating in the English-for-Teaching course. Their TEFTTM Assessments will be administered in October.

    For more information, please contact IIG Vietnam: Contact Us

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– Jose Leiva,
Pérez Zeledón Region, Costa Rica