British Council's Summary of Activity
 
 
June 2009
 
Distance Teacher Training Course

Mentor Training - 25 Mentors attended the British Council 1 day workshop organised for mentors who will be involved in the July to December 2009 training session. The workshop was held on Wednesday 24 June at the Peradeniya National College of Education? Centre for Excellence in English Education, Peradeniya. This gave them an opportunity to network with mentors from different RESCs while enhancing their mentoring and coaching/training skills. It was also an opportunity to strengthen their own development and training, by clarify doubts or grey areas about the study sessions, materials or portfolio tasks which may have come up from the earlier training session.

Teacher selection - Applications from teachers attached to 20 RESCs were received by British Council and six teachers from each RESC have been selected to follow the course. Suitable teachers who were waitlisted from the earlier course were given preference in selection. In selecting the teachers the British Council trainers looked at a mix of criteria such as the standard of the application, qualifications already achieved, teaching experience and other factors such as how rural the school is, size of school, balance of female / male, balance of ethnicity and closeness to retirement age..

Course preparation - Details of selected teachers, TKT books, exam forms and all training materials are in the process of being couriered to mentors in the following RESCs; Kalutara, Chilaw, Bolawalana, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Kahawatta, Galle, Ampara, Badulla, Mahiyangana, Matara, Kandy, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Polonnaruwa, Gampaha, Trincomalee, Matale, Kurunegala and Jaffna.

Study sessions for the new batch of teachers will begin on 12 July 2009 in the following RESCs; Kalutara, Chilaw, Bolawalana, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Kahawatta, Galle, Ampara, Badulla, Mahiyangana, Matara, Kandy, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Polonnaruwa, Gampaha, Trincomalee, Matale, Kurunegala and Jaffna.

 
Sponsor a Teacher Scheme

As teachers have now been selected British Council will allocate appropriate teachers to sponsors and begin the reporting process to sponsors with the next report.

Data collection forms to collect details of companies in the locality of RESCs were sent to all mentors in the following RESCs; Kalutara, Chilaw, Bolawalana, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Kahawatta, Galle, Ampara, Badulla, Mahiyangana, Matara, Kandy, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Polonnaruwa, Gampaha, Trincomalee, Matale, Kurunegala and Jaffna. The British Council will be forwarding these forms to CBB once received.

 
Evaluation of Students

British Council will now be writing to the Ministry of Education to obtain the 2008 year end school English paper results for a sample of teachers from the new batch which will be used to compare with results from December 2009.