Aware of the challenge of developing communicative skills in English in a multicultural and plurilingual setting of socio-economic contrasts such as Peru, the British Council promotes the training of reflective and knowledgeable teachers that could be agents of transformation in their complex educational realities.
Since 2017, and with the aim of boosting research capacity and developing leading human capital amongst classroom teachers in Peru, we deliver the Champion Teachers Programme of Exploratory Action Research. This is an experience in which EFL teachers are trained to become classroom researchers in an annual cycle running from March to November which covers the following stages:
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1. Call and applications
2. Selection of participants
3. Initial Exploratory Action Research workshop
4. Preparation, assessment and selection of project proposals
1. Assignment of mentors
2. Coordination of senior mentors, mentors, and participants
3. Execution of exploratory action research projects with personalised remote mentoring
4. Participation in the international community of classroom researchers
5. Preparation for result presentation
1. Closing workshop
2. Public presentation of results
3. Research report drafting
4. Identification of potential co-facilitators and mentors
Thanks to the partnership amongst the British Council's operations in Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, this programme encourages the exchange of experiences in an international network of classroom researchers who share common challenges and seek to solve specific issues they face in their professional practice.
As of date, we have trained around 60 Champion Teachers as classroom researchers, selected from 1400 applicants from all over Peru. We have decentralised the initial training to at least two regions of the country and we have globally published the pedagogical initiatives of more than 20 Champion Teachers. We are also very proud of having trained local mentors and trainers to ensure the sustainability of the programme.
For those interested in participating and becoming a Champion Teacher, note that applications will open up in March and the initial workshop will be held in May of this year. We will subsequently move on to the classroom implementation phase from June to November 2019.
“Thanks to this experience of Exploratory Action Research the way I teach improved a lot. Now I know how important it is not to make assumptions about my teaching. (…) From now on, I will keep an open mind and collect evidence before coming to a conclusion and a possible solution. I will also implement changes and verify if these really work. Finally, I will share the findings with my colleagues in order to engage them in the EAR process.”
Katia Yábar, Mentor for Champion Teachers 2018