PRELIM project

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PRELIM project: UK ELT supporting teaching in English around the world

The Partnered Remote Language Improvement project (PRELIM) supports the development of teachers using English across the world. 

Funded by the British Council and run in partnership with IATEFL and English UK, with NILE as managing consultants, the latest PRELIM project supports the development of classroom resources using teachers' local contexts and curricula in up to 20 countries. Previous iterations of the project have supported teachers' language development.

All projects are delivered by an Accreditation UK centre who works with IATEFL-associated English Teaching Associations (ETA) in each participating nation.

PRELIM 1 and 2 were a huge success. Applications for PRELIM 3 opened on 24 October 2022.

Find out more:

  • PRELIM 1 (delivered from February to March 2021)
  • PRELIM 2 (delivered from January to March 202)
  • PRELIM 3 (to be delivered from January 2023 to March 2024)


PRELIM 1, delivered in February and March 2021, saw 17 English UK member centres including universities and small family-run institutions, deliver 20 bespoke, innovative online courses to different teaching associations around the world. The project:

  • reached around 3,000 overseas teachers
  • increased teachers language proficiency and professional confidence
  • created and supported partnerships between teachers, ETAs and English UK members
  • created the opportunity for increased global contextual awareness and teacher training capacity of English UK members, and
  • built a sustainable community of practice.


PRELIM 2 was delivered between January and March 2022. 

35 English language teaching centres submitted winning bids and developed tailor-made online courses to help improve the confidence, language and teaching skills of English Teaching Association (ETA) members in 40 nations worldwide.

Each project was run independently by an accredited language centre with support from NILE to create a community of practice and facilitate the project. The project report will be published in June 2022. 


PRELIM 3 opened for applications on Monday 24 October 2022. The submission deadline for accredited UK ELT centres was Monday 14 November. The submission deadline for English teaching associations was Monday 21 December.

Building on PRELIM 1 & 2, PRELIM 3 projects will last fifteen months, from January 2023 to March 2024. With up to 20 x £15k grants available, the focus for PRELIM 3 is on the development and dissemination of teacher support resources, designed specifically for the classrooms of the partner English teacher association (ETA) member's context and for use by ETA members in their classrooms.

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