PRELIM project

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PRELIM project: UK ELT supporting the training of overseas English language teachers

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

Funded through UK Government Official Development Assistance (ODA) and run jointly by the British Council, IATEFL and English UK, with NILE as managing consultants, the project funds the delivery of tailor-made online courses which seek to raise English teachers' language confidence in countries from Guinea-Bissau to Palestine, from India to Nicaragua.

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

PRELIM 1 was a huge success and the British Council since secured a further £500,000 of funding for PRELIM 2, enabling twice as many countries and accredited centres to take part 


Did PRELIM 1 achieve its aims?

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.

 Download the PRELIM 1 project report


PRELIM 2 closed for bids in October 2021 and the project was delievered 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 world wide.

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. 

Find out which centres and countries took part in PRELIM 2

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