Wednesday 12 November 2014

Background

Discussions surrounding an English programme in Jamaica were initiated by the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teaching Council, which sought assistance from the British Council with the aim of improving the teaching of English in their schools.
The result of these initial talks produced the Jamaica Language Project. The aim of this project was to clarify the English Language requirements for improvements in pupils’ performance, as well as to identify the particular needs of both trainers and students, and to plan or implement training schedules for training English specialists.
The results from that Jamaica Language Project as well as the growing urge to advance the learning of English with the various stakeholders encouraged another round of discussions which will prove beneficial to all parties concerned.

About the Partnership

British Council Jamaica is establishing partnerships with key stakeholders for a sustainable English offering in Jamaica.
The Ministry of Education, the Jamaica Teaching Council and the University of Technology are currently partnering with the British Council. This was preceded by several discussions held last week Thursday. Discussions were based on the need for both consultation and products to assist in the delivery and use of English Language.

The facilitators of these meetings were:

  • Dr. Winsome Gordon, Executive Director of the Jamaica Teaching Council
  • Dr. Nova Gordon-Bell, Head of the Department for Education and Liberal Studies at the University of Technology
  • Mrs. Martha Corbett-Baugh, Education Officer in the Foreign Languages Unit in the Ministry of Education

Essentially the current needs within each organisation are for training and development opportunities for both pre-service and in-service English teachers; as well as training for language practice and methodology for students and new learners of English or foreign nationals with the further aim of offering certification for the participants.
The relationship amongst all partners is expected to be on going, and this initial round of meetings were held specifically to:

  1. Assess the current needs of each organisation in relation to English Language
  2. Establish the type of products and services needed
  3. Negotiate a plan regarding the programme`s financing

This partnership in English will be funded mutually with the possibility of funds being outsourced by international donor organisations.
Although discussions are recent, work is expected to begin by March of next year between the University of Technology and the British council.
The British council is world renowned for developing a wide range of high-end English products and services tailor-made to meet the needs of those organisations requesting them, and has mandated itself to offer global certification to anyone using their products and services.

Notes to Editor

For further information about this upcoming programme you may contact:

Morland Wilson      
British Council Project Manager    
Tel: 1 876 936 0700 ext 3804     morland.wilson@britishcouncil.org   

Sashana Sanderson
English Intern
Tel: 1 876 936 0700 ext 3853     sashana.sanderson@britishcouncil.org

About the British Council

British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. Our offices in the Caribbean are hosting a number of ongoing initiatives linking the Caribbean to the UK.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.