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The English for the Community project is a partnership between British Council Romania and the Romanian-American Foundation (RAF). 

English is a key skill for ecotourism: it helps communities reach international audiences and share ideas with other agencies abroad. Effective skills in English are a gateway for young people to employment in the ecotourism sector and reduce the need to migrate to find work elsewhere.

The best people to help young students develop their language skills are their English teachers.

Therefore, a key strand of the project aims to provide professional development for up to 150 teachers over a three-year period, contributing to the creation of a new generation of professionals in rural areas through quality education.

Project locations

We work with teachers from small towns and villages in nine counties of Romania (Suceava, Neamt, Harghita, Hunedoara, Maramures, Bihor, Mures, Sibiu and Brasov).

Activities including Teacher Activity Groups take place in Vatra Dornei, Targu Neamt, Miercurea Ciuc, Hateg, Sighetu Marmatiei, Remeti, Sibiu, Sighisoara and Fagaras, and all teachers from the surrounding countryside are welcome to join.

Each location has been selected because it has substantial potential for the development of ecotourism - areas that are some of the most beautiful in Romania, but where young people encounter significant problems in finding work, thus being forced to migrate to large cities in Romania or even abroad.

What does the project do?

The project draws on the British Council Teaching for Success approach while keeping in mind classroom realities in the context of rural Romania. 

Baseline study

To make sure project design meets the real needs of teachers in each location, British Council has carried out a baseline study, in which we talked to students, teachers, head teachers and County inspectors about learning and teaching English. 

Teacher support through Teacher Activity Groups

Traditionally, the main way to support teachers in their continuing professional development has been to ask them to attend training talks, workshops or courses, events which are often useful and enjoyable and the project includes face-to-face training for teachers. This type of training is not the only way to support the continuing professional development of teachers, however, and it does have limitations. The project therefore provides support for teachers in a range of other ways.

A key aspect of the project is the development of what are known as Teacher Activity Groups. Teachers in each location meet in these monthly groups to share ideas and opinions, make use of online resources including online sites and MOOCs, make plans to use new activities and techniques in their own classrooms and support each other’s development. 

Who delivers the project?

English for the Community is managed by British Council Romania, working in cooperation with RAF. Key to the project are nine Country Trainers: each Country Trainer is responsible for one location, where they train and support the Teacher Activity Groups. Each Teacher Activity Group is guided by two trained Local Facilitators who live and teach in the locations themselves.
Find out more about the Country Trainers. 

How will the project help the community?

The effective teaching and learning of English in schools will enable young people to develop their English language skills, find employment locally, in the ecotourism sector for example, and thereby benefit the whole community. English for the Community will also support libraries in the locations including increased use of digital resources and the development of civic skills.

What will the project impact be?

The project aims to provide an effective model of how teachers can support their learners to address their potential employability, achieving positive, sustainable and long-term impact. The project model can be replicated to support the in-service development of other teachers and communities, in other locations and/or on a larger scale.

Contact us

For more information or details on how you can get involved as an English teacher, contact Alina Constantinescu, our project manager, at alina.constantinescu@britishcouncil.ro.

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