Meet­ing Mod­ern La­bor Mar­ket Re­quire­ments

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - ACTUAL -

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.

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