English Language Teacher Training Project (ELT)
Since 2005 the Council for Business with Britain (CBB) has been working through the British Council to deliver its successful and well regarded English Language Teaching (ELT) Project, also known as the CBB-ELT project. This is being conducted with the approval of the Ministry of Education and has been built up over a number of years.

Overview of Project The overall goal of the programme is to upgrade the English skills of pupils and this is achieved through improving the quality of the teaching practice in their schools. Teachers use the new knowledge and inspiration gained from the training to deliver more motivating lessons with a communicative focus so that pupils’ real language skills are improved.

The project has trained a cadre of mentors from the Ministry of Education’s Regional English Support Centres (RESCs) ensuring a wide geographical coverage across Sri Lanka. The mentors deliver in-service teacher training to teachers in their areas using a distance learning course (branded as ‘the CBB distance training course’) which leads to the internationally recognised University of Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT). Teachers following the training also receive a CBB / British Council (BC) Certificate.

The project therefore functions on two levels: training mentors to facilitate the CBB distance training course and training teachers through the CBB distance training course.

Phase 1 - the pilot stage of the project delivered a series of teacher training workshops in Jaffna, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Ratnapura, and Matara. The workshops, attended by 150 English and English medium teachers, focussed on upgrading teacher skills in teaching English for the Workplace. The pilot impacted on approximately 12,000 pupils.
Phase 2 - 16 mentors from 8 districts (Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Matale, Hunguranketha, Hanwella, Balapitiya, Eheliyagoda and Hatton) followed the TKT preparation course at the BC and gained the TKT qualification. In addition, the mentors received mentoring training to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to deliver the CBB course as a distance-training product to other teachers Subsequently, 48 teachers from the 8 districts completed the CBB distance training course and passed the TKT. Phase 2 impacted on approximately 3,840 pupils.
Phase 3 - this phase culminated in March 2010 with a TKT awards ceremony at the Ministry of Education. This phase saw the expansion of the project to include 26 RESCs with 40 new mentors completing the TKT preparation course at the BC, passing the TKT exam and receiving mentor training. The mentors cascaded the training to over 390 teachers who passed TKT in January 2010. Phase 3 impacted on over 31,200 pupils.
Phase 4 - Stage One this stage culminated in March 2011 with a TKT awards ceremony held at the Ministry of Education. This phase saw the expansion of the project to include putting a trainer in the RESC in Vavuniya through the course by attending study sessions in Jaffna. She passed the TKT exam and will receive mentor training in Stage Two All the mentors cascaded the training to over 155 teachers who passed TKT in January 2011. Phase 4 Stage One impacted on 28,603 pupils.
Phase 4 – Stage Two 28 RESCs in the country will offer the CBB distance training course from July 2011 to March 2012. This includes the addition of the Vavuniya RESC. This will provide 168 teachers this year with the training and TKT qualification. It is expected that in Phase 4 Stage Two we will impact on at least 30,000 pupils. Why English and Teacher Training? The project focuses on capacity building of young people. English is essential in this arena as it is the link language for commerce, the international language and the language of the workplace. English is increasingly the preferred language of business communication in Sri Lanka. It acts as the key link language between local communities and across international boundaries. It is widely recognised that standards in state schools are low; teachers are inexperienced and trained using outdated methodology. Teacher training is the most cost effective and efficient way of making a large impact on the language skills of the youth of Sri Lanka.
Prosperity through English
The CBB believes in and supports the practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); it is actively involved in one key activity – The English Language Teacher Training Programme (ELT). The British Council manages it on our behalf. It is run in association with the National Institute of Education (N.I.E) and the Ministry of Education.

The goal of the CBB Teacher Training Project is to upgrade the English skills of teachers and thus their pupils throughout Sri Lanka.

This is achieved by building the capacity of local English teachers so that they deliver lessons that are more effective.

HSBC continues to be the principle sponsor of the project. The CBB wants to widen its support and offer all members the opportunity to get involved with and be part of this worthy CSR initiative.

The newly launched Sponsor a Teacher Programme

Why you should support the project Because it

Provides your company with the opportunity to ‘give back’ in areas where your operations are based

Develops the capacity of teachers to deliver high-quality English Language Training (ELT) to young Sri Lankans

Impacts on pupils to develop their employability profiles

Targets both urban and rural teaching communities

Has wide geographical spread across Sri Lanka

Works within existing school structures and curriculum and is sustainable

Is well regarded and fully supported by the Ministry of Education

Enhances the profile of the Business Community in Sri Lanka

It is a small cost to sponsor a teacher
We are asking your company for Rs.25,000/- per teacher.

The English Language Teacher Training Programme (ELT)

Principal sponsor