English Proficiency Assessments of Primary and Secondary Teachers and Students Participating in EIA (Study 3a)

McCormick, Robert; Eyres, Ian and Burton, Sonia (2012). English Proficiency Assessments of Primary and Secondary Teachers and Students Participating in EIA (Study 3a). English in Action (EIA), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Background

This study has been designed to test students’ and teachers’ ability to speak in English as they progress through the English in Action (EIA) programme. For this reason, assessments of 543 teachers and 7,239 students were carried out in the initial months of the project’s implementation during February and March 2010, and were repeated with a matched sample of 1,102 students and 317 teachers in March and April 2011. This report compares the main findings of the 2010 study with those of 2011 to examine the change in English language competence of teachers and students since their involvement in EIA. The tests were carried out by Trinity College London and focused upon spoken English, which is the focus of the communicative approach of EIA.

The results show that teachers and students in both primary and secondary schools improved their English language competence over the period of the EIA intervention in schools.

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