Wimbledon School of English will improve the skills of English teachers in Vietnam after submitting a winning bid for a national project.

Teachers at Wimbledon School of English will help improve the confidence of the teachers in Vietnam by providing training to educators there.

The project is one of 20 winning bids to work with English teachers in countries around the world including Argentina, Guinea Bissau, India and Vietnam.

PRELIM – the Partnered Remote Language Improvement Project is being run by The British Council, English UK and IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).

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Funding has come via the British Council

They have allocated £10,000 to each winning bid and contracted Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) as managing consultants to create a community of practice for the UK schools and facilitate the project.

Fiona Dunlop, Principal at Wimbledon School of English said: “We are delighted to be part of the project to work with English Teachers Associations around the world on language development projects for teachers."

Roy Cross, Principal Consultant, Partnerships in English for Education Systems at the British Council, said the quality and enthusiasm of the language schools and their bids were excellent, allowing the project to expand to fund 20 grants instead of the 13 originally planned.

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He added: “I believe benefits will include more confident teaching and classroom practice for association members, an enduring relationship for the school with the partner and country and a mentored experience which will make the school more confident in delivering a remote course.”

English UK’s business development director Tim Barker commented: “This is truly innovative and a very ambitious way of delivering this.

"It’s positive that we’ve ended up with 20 bespoke, innovative courses which will be delivered before the end of March for 20 different associations and 17 English UK member centres.

"It’s a very cool project.

"We’ve never done anything like this before – but we hope the experience will lead to more major tenders being broken down into smaller components like this, and encourage our members to diversify into bidding for them.”

The project will begin in the New Year.