Meeting Modern Labor Market Requirements
A new national team to support reforms in teaching English in the system of public education has met in Tashkent for ten days.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan in partnership with the British Council in Uzbekistan.
Today, the modernization of the public education system in Uzbekistan remains among the highest priority national tasks. One of the main directions of reform is high-quality teaching of English in order to train personnel that meet the requirements of the modern labor market.
What is to be done? The specialists of the Ministry of Public Education identify the following measures: a comprehensive assessment of the existing situation in the system of learning English in elementary and secondary schools; elaboration of specific recommendations and long-term and short-term action plans; the main components of the reform are curricula, skills assessment system, teaching methods and guiding materials; study of the best practices in teaching English and attracting the brightest international experts.
To achieve these goals, a national team has been set up to reform the teaching of English, consisting of leading specialists in teaching, developing curricula and materials, and also a system for assessing English language skills. The team has already conducted a primary study of the existing practice of language learning in secondary schools throughout Uzbekistan.
To participate in the discussion of the first results of research and study of the experience of writing textbooks for primary and secondary schools, the leading British consultant in the field of teaching English at school – Wendy Arnold was invited to the workshop. She has 25 years of experience in training teachers and creating a new generation of textbooks; she has worked as a consultant in educational reform projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Noting the importance of a systems approach in education reform, Arnold emphasizes that “reforms in the education system and curricula changes must necessarily go hand in hand with transformation in the teacher training system.”
During her trip, Wendy Arnold and the national project team worked on the creation of a modern training program for teachers of English, following which the project team is to devise a further action plan to reform the system of teaching English at school by taking into account advanced national and international practices.
It is important that school graduates have the skills defined in national standards for learning a foreign language and the requirements for admission to higher education institutions.