Implemented in January – April 2016 

STAGE 1:      Materials development

AzETA involved Fatima Suleymanova and Tarana Boyukzade as Project teacher trainers. In January 2016 they were tasked to develop materials using British Council developed online resources including:

  • LearnEnglish
  • LearnEnglishKids
  • LearnEnglishTeens
  • Teach English
  • Teaching Adults

The topics of the materials developed were:

  1. Effective lesson planning
  2. Effective Feedback
  3. Effective use of role-plays for teaching English communicatively
  4. Filling information gap
  5. Dialogue reconstruction

 

STAGE 2:       Project Induction and Teacher Training

On 6-7 February AzETA organized teacher training for teachers from 9 regions of Azerbaijan. The trainees were from Baku (Mashtaga), Barda, Ganja, Goygol, Ismayilli, Lenkaran, Mingechevir, Sheki, Shirvan and Khachmaz. The trainees were the ones who had previous teacher training experiences and use British Council online resources in their teaching. 

All the trainees registered British Council Premier Skills English site and were introduced to techniques of using the site effectively in their teaching, as well as, in the training they are expected to have for their peers in their relevant regions.

To make the training more effective, the trainees gave demo presentations at the end of the training using materials from Premier Skills English website with their own choices.

STAGE 3:                  Teacher training in the regions

The trained teachers developed a schedule to train their peers in their respective regions. Each peer was tasked to train 50 teachers in their respective regions. The aim of this task was to maximize the use of British Council online resources for effective teaching and to encourage teachers to join “Why digital? Play your Part – social support task” campaign from 5 January 2016 to 20 March 2016. The purpose of the campaign is to promote British Council Learn English products in the selected regions.

On 20 February and 27 February AzETA South Branch manager Kamala Nasirova and Narmin Gasimova gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

On 20 February and 12 March AzETA Shirvan Branch members Gunay Hasanova and Tarana Samedzade gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

 

On 27 February and 6 March AzETA Barda Branch members Metanet Guliyeva and Sema Ahmedova gave a workshop for teachers on the basis of the training they had in Baku. Teachers learned how to register in British Council online resources websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare. 

On 13 and 27 February AzETA Mingechevir Branch members Khayala Guliyeva and Sharafat Mammadova gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

On 13 and 20 February AzETA Ganja Branch manager Humay Musayeva and Shahla Yusibova gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

On 20 and 27 February AzETA Goygol Branch manager Seadet Hasanova and Gultekin Ayyublu gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

On 13 and 27 February AzETA Khachmaz Branch manager Sevil Aliverdiyeva and Elnara Jafarova gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

On 13 and 20 February AzETA Ismayilli Branch manager Ruhiyya Mahmudova and Gunel Tanriverdiyeva gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

On 20 and 27 February AzETA Sheki Branch members Ilaha Samedova and Vusala Rahimova gave a workshop for teachers which was linked with British Council resources promotion. Teachers learned how to register in these websites and what to use it for. Teachers participated in different activities actively. At the end of the workshop trainers explained how to join the competition which has been dedicated to W. Shakespeare.

STAGE 4:      Project monitoring visits

On 23 January and 19 March AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova, Vice-Presidents Hijran Huseynova and Sudaba Sadigova paid a project launch visit to Khachmaz. Ragsana Mammadova shared the stages of the Project and informed the participants on the competition dedicated to the anniversary of Shakespeare’s 450th death. Both meeting were supported by the Education Department of Khachmaz and held at Secondary School #8 after Academician Zarifa Aliyeva. 63 teachers joined the first meeting, 25 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 30 January AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova and Vice_President Sudaba Sadigova, and on 15 March Ragsana Mammadova and Solmaz Mammadova visited Lenkaran to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. Both meetings were held at Secondary School #4. In both events Lenkaran Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 62 teachers joined the first meeting, 48 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 6 February AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova and Executive Board member Gamar Rustamova, and on 12 March Ragsana Mammadova and Hijran Huseynova visited Shirvan to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. Both meetings were held at Secondary School #21. In both events Shirvan Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 25 teachers joined the first meeting, 43 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 13 February AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova and Executive Board member Nushaba Bakhsiyeva and on 26 March Ragsana Mammadova, Nushaba Bakhshiyeva and Solmaz Mammadova visited Mingechevir to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. First meeting was held at Secondary School #13 and the second meeting was held at Secondary School #10. In both events Mingechevir Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 38 teachers joined the first meeting, 28 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 20 February AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova, Vice-Presidents Hijran Huseynova and Sudaba Sadigova, and on 24 March Ragsana Mammadova and Nushaba Bakhshiyeva visited Goygol to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. The first meeting was held at Secondary School #4 and the second meeting was held at Secondary School #10. In both events Goygol Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 25 teachers joined the first meeting, 46 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 27 February AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova and Executive Board member Nushaba Bakhsiyeva, and on 15 March Ragsana Mammadova and Hijran Huseynova visited Barda to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. Both meetings were held at Barda Education Department Conference hall. In both events Barda Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 42 teachers joined the first meeting, 53 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 5 March AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova and Vice-President Sudaba Sadigova, and on 17 March Ragsana Mammadova and Nushaba Bakhsiyeva visited Ismayilli to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. Both meetings were held at Secondary School #1. In both events Ismayilli Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 52 teachers joined the first meeting, 18 teachers joined the second meeting.

On 14 March AzETA President Ragsana Mammadova and Executive Board member Gamar Rustamova, visited Astara to meet the Project teachers with the aim of monitoring the progress of the Project. The meeting was held at Secondary School #1. Astara Education Department provided its kind support for the English teachers to join the meeting. 46 teachers joined the meeting.

NOTE:

  1. Teachers from Project regions registered British Council online resources. They also encouraged their students to register LearnKinds site.
  2. Some teachers developed a video reel on their most favorite Shakespeare moment.

 

  1. Reyhana Tagiyeva

I am Reyhana Tagiyeva.My favourite Shakespeare moment is from the play “King Richard III” :”Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous” because of an intriguing piece of soliloquy.

In the world today 250 million children cannot read or write. Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education.

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  1. Gunel Tanriverdiyeva

I am Günel Tanrıverdiyeva.I live in Ismailli. My favourite Shakespeare moment is from the play Hamlet.

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
Because
Hearing Hamlet approach, everybody clears out so Hamlet can privately deliver one of the greatest speeches of all time. What’s the question? “To be, or not to be,” of course.

In the world today 250 million children cannot read or write. Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education.

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  1. Kamala Nasirova

I am Kamala Nasirova. My favorite Shakespeare moment is from the play “Hamlet” : “The Rest is Silence” because after all of the difficulties at last Hamlet is free from the torment and he will finally be at peace and this reminds us one thing “ Although how we live in this provisional life but our rest is in the turn of eternity!”

In the world today 250 million children read or write . Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education.

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  1. Khayala Asadova

I am Khayala Asadova . My favorite dramatic play W. Shakespeare is king lear . I like moment is Cordelia said her father , My good lord you have given me life and education and for this I love you as a daughter must love her father.

In the world today 250 million children can not read or write . please play your part and support VSO work in edication

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  1. Mehebbet Qemberova, Ismayilli

I am Mehebbet Qemberova.My favorite Shakespear moments is from the play “The Tempest”.Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”The world is in danger.All devils are here they kill children ,destroy their houses,they can’t go to school.In the world today 250 million children cannot read or write .Please Play Part and support VSO’s work in education.

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  1. Raisa Kerimova

My name is Kerimova Raisa.My favourite dramatic play W.Shakespeare is”Julis Caesar”.I like moment is form the play when Marcus Brutus said to Cassius”I love him(people) well.”M.Brutus does not kill Caesarfor greed,selfish or enevy,not to keep his social position.That’s why Brutus likes to me.

Today in the world 250 million children cannot write or read.Please helping these people who need it. Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education

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  1. Ruhiyya Mahmudova

I am Ruhiyye Mahmudova. My favourite Shakespeare moment is from the play “Julius Caesar”: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once!” because being brave is my life motto, nobody would love cowards who are very often afraid that they are going to die, so that they often feel what it is like to die, while brave people only feel the taste of death when they are actually going to become Martyrs .

In the world today 250 million children cannot read or write. Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education.

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I am Ruhiyye Mahmudova. My favorite Shakespeare moment is from the play “Henry V” : “Oh God of Battles, steel my soldiers’ hearts! Possess them not with fear!.. There’s throats to be cut and works to be done!… The devil take order! I’ll to the throng…. Let life be short, else shame will be too long…” expressed by the valiant Henry V going to the battle.

In the world today 250 million children read or write . Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education. #playyourpart for #shakespearelives

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  1. Tunzala Maharramova, Ismayilli

I am Tunzale Meherremova.My Shakespeare moment is from the sonnet 66 “Tired with all these for restful death I cry” because of the corruption and dishonesty of the world.
In the world today 250 million children cannot read or write. Please Play Your Part and support VSO’s work in education.

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Feedback from Project teachers

 410 English teachers participated in the Project.

  1. Astara 22 teachers
  2. Baku (Mashtaga) 18 teachers
  3. Barda 61 teachers
  4. Ganja 22 teachers
  5. Goygol 38 teachers
  6. Ismayilli 28 teachers
  7. Khachmaz 42 teachers
  8. Lenkaran 42 teachers
  9. Mingechevir 50 teachers
  10. Sheki 36 teachers
  11. Shirvan 51 teachers

 

  1. Was this Project useful for you?

Very useful     Useful             Somehow useful          Not useful       No idea

53              232                              102                              8          15

  1. What were 3 things you like most about British Council online resources:
  • useful listening tasks 72 teachers
  • interesting speaking activities 103 teachers
  • activities for all ages 45 teachers
  • activities for all levels 118 teachers
  • video activities 43 teachers
  • co-operation opportunities with other teachers 15 teachers
  • ideas of teachers from other countries 18 teachers
  • hands-on activities 12 teachers
  • access to the online resources from mobile phones 42 teachers
  • online resources for students 48 teachers
  • interesting lesson plans 182 teachers
  • songs 206 teachers
  • Stories and poems 73 teachers
  • Resources for primary English teachers 122 teachers
  • Creating a video reel about Shakespeare 28 teachers
  1. What were your difficulties in using the online resources?
  • lack of regular access to internet 178 teachers
  • lack of computers in the classrooms 232 teachers
  • lack of projectors in the schools 273 teachers
  • lack of financial resources to make copies of the materials 142 teachers
  • curriculum requirements 264 teachers
  • when you teach students with these resources, they lose their interest in local textbooks and teaching becomes difficult. 8 teachers
  • not enough time to use these resources in daily teaching 12 teachers
  1. Other comments
  • Thank you for the training. We learned interesting ways of using the resources effectively in our teaching
  • My students like such kind of activities, but I cannot teach it every day as I have to teach National Curriculum.
  • I wish our textbooks had such kind of activities.
  • My students enjoyed being involved in Shakespeare video. Thank you for this.
  • I wish we had more teacher training in future.
  • Thank you, British Council for caring about our professional development.
  • Thank you, AzETA, for allowing us to visit other branches to see how they implement the project.
  • I wish I had also joined the training held in Baku.
  • Please, do not forget us when you have such training in future.
  • Although I had attended training under AzETA EGP Project, I learned new things at this training, too.