English in Action: innovation using mobile for classroom and adult learning in Bangladesh

Shaheen, Robina and Lace, Richard (2013). English in Action: innovation using mobile for classroom and adult learning in Bangladesh. In: UNESCO Mobile Learning Week, 2013, 18-22 Feb 2013, UNESCO HQ, Paris, France.

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English in Action (EIA) is a nine-year UK government funded programme aiming to raise English language skills in Bangladesh. This presentation will provide an insight into two distinct methodologies where mobile learning has been successfully launched at scale.

The presentation will first examine the schools’ component of the project, where mobile technologies are used for teacher professional development (TPD) and communicative language teaching. The presentation will examine the changes in the technologies used as the project has developed and will demonstrate how low cost mobile phones provide unprecedented opportunities to both deliver TPD and improve teachers’ and students’ communicative English language skills.

The second half of the presentation will introduce the adult learning initiative of English In Action, which aims to address widespread desire amongst adults to learn English. Under the brand of “BBC Janala”, the project’s mobile learning service is accessible at reduced tariffs from all of the country’s mobile operators and, at the end of July 2012, had 6.3 million users. As well as addressing challenges of user experience and content, the presentation will outline lessons learnt in the development and evolution of the service and examine how its business model will influence its sustainability going forward.

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