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Presentation given in Porto Alegre, Brasil, September 2014

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  • 1. Remotely Speaking: English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing
  • 2. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing The British Council The British Council works in 6 continents and 110 countries, with the aim of bringing high quality English materials to every learner or teacher who wants them. We have 2,400 staff teaching English directly to more than 350,000 students and trainee teachers a year in over 80 centres, partnership branches and on English projects around the world. http://www.britishcouncil.org/about
  • 3. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Plan Ceibal Plan Ceibal is a Uruguayan project, developed by MEC, the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture; the National Telecommunications company ANTEL, (Administracin Nacional de Telecomunicaciones); the Board of Public Education, ANEP (Administracin Nacional de Educacin Pblica); and LATU (Laboratorio Tecnolgico del Uruguay). http://www.ceibal.edu.uy
  • 4. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Plan Ceibal Started 2007 with distribution of XO-1 laptops (ceibalitas) By 2009 Uruguay became first country in world to have given one laptop to every primary school student By 2009, 350,000 children & 16,000 teachers had received ceibalitas No cost wireless Internet connection in all state schools Fiber optic connections progressively replacing these Video conferencing equipment being installed in all schools http://www.ceibal.edu.uy
  • 5. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Plan Ceibal 2013 Review 570,000 laptops distributed by 2012 (to all students & teachers) 4-year TCO (Total cost of ownership) $100 per year per child including laptops, internet costs, administrative costs, fiber optic costs, robotics, planned VC facilities, portal and LMS platform as well as digital resources for many subjects, initial training for teachers. Focus on quality implementation Recommended focus on core priorities: increasing high school graduation rates; Mathematics; Literacy (Spanish & English) http://www.ceibal.org.uy/docs/FULLAN-Ceibal-English.pdf
  • 6. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Ceibal English In 2012 the British Council was selected by Plan Ceibal to project manage Ceibal en Ingls (Ceibal English), delivering remote teaching via video conferencing in Uruguayan primary schools. Goal = provide access to English language learning to primary students (grades 4-6) and their teachers all over Uruguay. Because of a lack of trained/qualified English teachers, Ceibal English uses remote teachers (RTs) via video conferencing Additionally, classroom teachers (CTs) are taught English via moderator-supported English course (LearnEnglish Pathways) http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org/en/ceibal-en-ingles
  • 7. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Project Plan Proof of concept pilot phase 2012 - 20 primary schools; 1,000 Year 4 learners (aged 10-11) March 2013 expansion: 500 classes; 96 schools; Years 4,5 & 6 July 2013 expansion: 1,000 classes March 2014 expansion: 2,100 classes By June 2015: Total of 4,000 classes (c. 100,000+ learners) http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org/en/ceibal-en-ingles
  • 8. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing English Classes 3 x 45 minutes per wk. Lesson A RT via VC Lessons B & C CT Detailed scripted lesson plans for A, B & C Team Teaching RT & CT have weekly coordination in Spanish
  • 9. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Remote Teachers (RTs) Remote Teaching (RT) providers in: Uruguay Argentina UK Philippines Conduct Class A remotely Experienced/Qualified ELTs Online self-access course for RTs Quality mangers
  • 10. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Class Teachers (CTs) Classroom Teachers (CTs) : Conduct Classes B & C Volunteer to be part of the programme Small payment for participation 2 days Orientation Course Self-access online training course Technical support Pedagogic support (Mentors) Most have CEFR A0 level English Learning English through self-access course (LearnEnglish Pathways) with moderator support
  • 11. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Strengths Unique whole solution Underlying infrastructure rolled out VC technology already tried and tested No shortage of CT volunteers Positive reaction (children, teachers, society) General support (government, parents, society)
  • 12. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Challenges Establishing methodology (Classes A, B & C) Correcting written work Ongoing quality control Expansion to all primary schools Long term sustainability
  • 13. English Language Teaching through Video Conferencing Thank you! graham.stanley@britishcouncil.org