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English as a school subject: learning effective practices

by Shahnoza Hojieva

The international research project «English as a school subject: learning effective practices from low level primary English language teachers» supported by British Council strives to scrutinize the ways and circumstances of providing effective teaching in English as a school subject in state primary schools globally.

The main purpose targetted from the project is to identify, explore and share local teachers’ successful practices in EFL classes. To attain the purpose of the project, local teaching practices will be closely investigated to get to know the existing condition and to detect how effective the teaching process is constructed by teachers and pupils. The project will be carried out from 1st March 2021 to 31st August 2022. This inquiry-based project will involve teachers, academics, research assistants, and children in four countries, as well as academics, a research assistant, and an educational technologist in the UK.

The project is coordinated by Fiona Copland, (University of Stirling, UK) Sue Garton (Aston University, UK), Nargiza Makhmudova, Mukhayo Fayzyllayeva (Uzbekistan State World Languages University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Elizabeth Meke, (University of Malawi, Malawi), Arifa Rahman (BRAC Institute of educational development, Bangladesh), Mario Lopez-Gopar (Universidad Automema Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Mexico).

This collaborative project will work with teachers and children to explore local classroom practices and to understand how effective teaching is locally constructed by teachers and children and the affordances such practices bring to teaching English as a school subject. Consequently, the project will make a significant contribution to the emerging field of children-as-researchers. In fact, the children will be involved not only as social actors whose views are respected and valued but also as researchers, designing research tools and collecting and analysing data.