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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 25 countries. Previous iterations of the project have supported teachers' language development.

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

PRELIM 1 and 2 were a huge success and the 15-month PRELIM 3 will run to March 2024.


The PRELIM 3 project partnerships will run from January 2023 to March 2024. 

It consists of partnerships between accredited language schools and English Teacher Associations (ETAs) in 25 countries working together to create and disseminate bespoke classroom resources. 

It follows on from PRELIMs 1 and 2, shorter projects (see below) which were designed to improve the confidence of teachers around the world teaching English.

The aim of PRELIM 3 is to support classroom teachers who are teaching in English to create resources to use in lessons with their own students. It also aims to develop the capacity of the UK centres and their ETA partners through creating and distributing contextually-relevant ELT resources, which will have lasting impact and benefit for the teachers who use them. 

The initial phase will focus on building strong partnership and conduct needs analysis before work begins on creating resources. All participants are being encouraged to participate in online language centre or ETA Communities of Practice, facilitated by project managers NILE on Slack.

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The PRELIM 3 partnerships are:

  • Bell Educational Services Ltd - Lithuania (LAKMA)
  • Capital School of English - Bangladesh (TSB)
  • CELT Centres for ELT Cardiff - Palestine (PATEFL)
  • Celtic English Academy - Mozambique (MELTA)
  • Centre of English Studies (CES) - Brazil (BRAZ-TESOL)
  • Edinburgh College - Nigeria (ELTAN)
  • Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd. - Bolivia (BETA)
  • Hilderstone College - Zambia (LATAZ)
  • inlingua Cheltenham - North Macedonia (ELTAM MK)
  • International House Bristol - Ecuador (UNAE-PINE)
  • International House London - Kuwait (TEFLK)
  • Lewis School of English - Thailand (ThaiTESOL)
  • LILA* Liverpool - Cuba (APC-ELI)
  • Norwich Study Centre - Guinea (GETC)
  • Nottingham Trent University - Vietnam (VietTESOL)
  • Oxford International Education Group - Cameroon (ELTS-CAMELTA)
  • Peartree Languages - Indonesia (TEFLIN)
  • Professional Language Solutions (PLS) - Argentina (APIBA/APISE/ASPI & FAAPI)
  • Speak Up London - Honduras (HELTA-TESOL)
  • Stafford House - Cote D'Ivoire (CINELTA)
  • St Giles International - Angola (ANELTA)
  • West London English School - Mali (MATE)
  • The University of Sheffield ELTC - Turkey (INGED)
  • Wimbledon School of English - Uganda (UNELTA)
  • York Associates International Ltd. - Peru (ASCEI & PERUELTNET)


After the huge success of the original PRELIM in early 2021 (see below), the British Council secured £500,000 funding to enable twice as many countries and UK language centres to take part in 2022.

PRELIM 2 supported the development of over 2500 English language teachers through 40 individual partnerships between 35 UK language centres and 40 English Teacher Associations (ETAs) 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. Through collaborative planning, each partnership created a bespoke online learning course for a targeted group of teachers appropriate to their needs and delivered within the contextual limitations and opportunities of the country of the ETA. 

The courses, delivered between January and March 2022, were notable for:

  • the variety of their digital solutions
  • the creativity of their instructional design and
  • the flexibility of their management and delivery in responding to the changing realities of the everyday experiences of the participants.

The PRELIM 2 project report, published in Summer 2022, identifies the principal themes of the 40 partnership reports (available as separate reports) and takes a situational analysis and lessons learned approach to best support similar projects.


PRELIM first launched in October 2020 and saw 17 English UK member centres including universities and small family-run institutions, deliver 20 bespoke, innovative online courses in spring 2021 to different teaching associations around the world.

The aims of the project were threefold:

  • To increase the language proficiency and professional confidence in using English in the classroom among teachers worldwide
  • To foster and support partnerships between teachers, English Teacher Associations and English UK member schools
  • To create opportunity for increased global contextual awareness and teacher training capacity of English UK members, and to build a sustainable community of practice among them.

PRELIM 1 successfully achieved these aims and reached around 3,000 overseas teachers across 20 countries. The project report, compiled by NILE, summarises the main findings of the 20 reports from the individual PRELIM projects. 

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