The English in Action programme - delivered in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, the BBC World Service, BMB Mott McDonald, Friends in Village Development in Bangladesh (FIVDB) and the Underprivileged Children’s Education Programme (UCEP) - has the ambition of transforming the teaching and learning of English across Bangladesh through teacher professional development.
Launched in 2008, a comprehensive research and evaluation strategy has been running throughout EiA, informing strategy and planning during the pilot phase and currently measuring the impact, outputs and outcomes of the programme, scheduled for completion in 2017.
Research is focusing on school classrooms across the country, where EIA’s technology enhanced materials are being used at both primary and secondary level. Qualitative and quantitative studies are examining classroom practice and the impact of EIA on the students' learning experience, measuring teacher and student English language competence as a result of being involved in the programme, and assessing both teacher and student views and thoughts about learning English.
The results are extremely positive. After only 12 months since launch of the full programme:
- 96% of teachers say that EIA is changing how they teach so that now they want to involve students more
- the proportion of time spent speaking English in lessons has dramatically improved - from 25% to over 75% for both teachers and students
- pass rates in spoken English tests have increased at both Primary and Secondary level, from 33%-50% and 71%-90% respectively
To find out more about the English in Action programme visit the EIA website.