STEM Project

The British Council Rwanda managed the Supporting Teachers’ English through Mentoring (STEM) project and the Association of Teachers of English in Rwanda (ATER) was one of its project implementation partners.

The STEM project aimed to improve the English language level of teachers and develop their teaching skills by creating self-study materials that allow teachers to incorporate their study into their work and family schedule. STEM worked in 36 primary schools located within four sectors of Nyamasheke district in the Western Province of Rwanda.

The STEM project was one of 26 innovative pilot projects that were supported by the Innovation for Education Fund, which is a partnership between the governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom. For more information about STEM, please click here

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Listening Standards Project

The purpose of this project was to research the English language listening levels of Rwandan students in P3, P4 and P6. The goal being that once levels were accurately known, appropriate standards could be set. This project took place from 2013-14. Three ATER members were employed and trained as researchers; these members received the following as part of the project:

  • Training from international English language expert Dr John Field
  • Training in skill assessment
  • Training in research skillsrural 1 (8)

For more information about the project please contact Hillary.Sheridan@britishcouncil.org

TVET project

This project was a partnership between the British Council and PAFP (Programme d’Appui à la Formation Professionnelle) – Belgian Common TVET Support Program which ran from 2012-2013. Six ATER members supported the project and worked with the British Council to observe, evaluate and provide feedback to trainers on their English language lessons to TVET teachers. The project worked with 85 TVET teachers from 9 TVET schools in Southern province. Results of the project were found to be encouraging with teachers making progress, as measured by standardised testing. ATER members received the following training as part of the project:

  • Training from British Council English Language Advisor
  • Training in monitoring and evaluation, including lesson observation
  • Training in how to give feedback

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For more information about the project please contact Hillary.Sheridan@britishcouncil.org

Language Supportive Textbooks and Pedagogy Project (LAST)

The LaST Rwanda project, (Language Supportive Textbooks and Pedagogy) was one of 26 innovative pilot projects which were supported by the Innovation for Education Fund, a partnership between the governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom.

The project aimed to change the nature of Rwandan textbooks so that they are easier for both learners and teachers, who are learning English as a second language, to read and understand. The project aimed to support second language acquisition and development using language supportive activities within the materials to help teachers and pupils with their English. It also aimed to train teachers on how to use the materials effectively in the classroom.

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The project was led by Bristol University in partnership with the British Council and worked with University of Rwanda College of Education and the Rwandan Publishers and Textbook Association. The project also involved two members of ATER who received the following training within the project, which ran from 2013-15, to develop further their own professional skills:

  • Training from international language specialist
  • Training in textbook analysis
  • Training in moderation

If you would like more information about this project please contact Jane.Czornowol@britishcouncil.org or visit http://www.britishcouncil.rw/programmes/education/language-supportive-textbook-project-last