English for Education College Trainers (EfECT)

The English for Education College Trainers (EfECT) project, which started in August 2014, is about to move into its third phase, from May 2017 until July 2017. Whereas the first phase focused on developing teacher educators’ teaching competence and English proficiency, and the second phase supported teacher educators develop their training competence and communicative ability in English, the focus of the third phase will move to application of teacher educators’ teaching and training skills in authentic contexts. 

The project emerged from a request from the Burmese Government to UK Prime Minister for support with its process of educational reform. As a result, the British Council and DFID co-funded a trail-blazing two-year teacher training project which saw 50 native speaker English language teacher trainers in 24 of Burma’s state Education Colleges and other teacher training institutions. The next phase of the project will continue working in the same education colleges and training institutions but with the emphasis moving from teacher training to trainer training. The training project is working closely with all levels of the Myanmar Ministry of Education in order to improve training and professional development opportunities for Burma’s teachers.

Project staff works in postings across Burma from Myitkyina in the North to Dawei, close to the Thai border in the south, and from Myaung Mya in the West to Lashio, close to the Chinese border in the north east.

The first phase of the project involved a partnership with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), which provided half the trainers on the ground. Phase two and three are taken forward by the British Council with the expectation that VSO may be involved in further phase of the project, continuing the partnership developed elsewhere in the world. 

Speaking about the next phase of the project, Project Director, Ian Clifford, said: “It’s great to have the opportunity for a new team to build on the successes of the first phase of EfECT in order to support teacher educators to take forward the work by themselves at a future date”.