New Textbooks Create Authentic Language Learning Experience

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Qoraboyeva Habibaxon is an English as Foreign Language (EFL) teacher from the Namangan Region of Uzbekistan. She has been helping students learn English for 12 years. Qoraboyeva loves teaching English because it is a means of broadening her students’ horizons. Learning English, the international language, creates future possibilities for young people and allows them to connect with the world outside Uzbekistan.

Until recently, Qoraboyeva had used the same textbooks since she started teaching in 2010. Each year, as she guided her students through the same activities, Qoraboyeva yearned for better teaching and learning materials. She wanted resources that would help her students develop practical English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that they can apply in their everyday lives. She wanted her students to use the English language in authentic settings, and to have reading materials that would inspire them and engage their imaginations.

When Qoraboyeva heard that the Ministry of Public Education, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was planning to introduce new textbooks and teacher’s guides for English, she was delighted. Along with many of her colleagues, Qoraboyeva hoped that the new books would enhance her students’ English language skills and allow them to actually practice and apply these skills in the classroom and beyond.

Qoraboyeva’s school was selected to participate in a pilot of the new materials and Qoraboyeva herself was chosen as a master trainer. International EFL experts took the Uzbekistani master trainers through each section of the new textbook and teacher’s guides. Qoraboyeva was thrilled with the innovative teaching approaches, the new student books and teacher’s guides, and the multimedia resources they contain. The experts modeled how to use the new resources to create authentic language learning and real opportunities for students to communicate in English. The master trainers worked with video and audio files, flashcards, and a test generator. Qoraboyeva knew she finally had what she had been looking for,  “I am convinced that they have finally solved my problems teaching students English. I have everything I need.” 

As a master trainer, Qoraboyeva supported her colleagues in Namangan as they adapted to the new EFL materials and the student-centered style of teaching. She knew that changing teaching practices doesn’t happen overnight, but she was pleased to see that the new teaching and learning materials were designed with transitioning teachers in mind. The teacher’s guides were easy to follow and included a step by step approach teachers will use to plan and implement each lesson. Between Qoraboyeva’s enthusiasm and the user-friendly nature of the new books, Namangan’s EFL teachers were able to adapt quickly, and soon they were seeing the benefits in their own classrooms. The teachers shared their satisfaction with their mentor, “I am happy to hear that other teachers have the same impressions of the new materials as I do.”

Qoraboyeva was also seeing those benefits in her school. Students were working on project presentations that required authentic English communication and the assessment materials made it simple for her to measure their progress. Student learning accelerated, “Every student is able to understand the content and not a single student is excluded.” Qoraboyeva also shared that her students were having fun and developing the foundational language skills they need to succeed in school and in the workplace.

Qoraboyeva’s first impressions of her students’ progress was confirmed at the end of the school year, “After using the new textbooks, my students' interest in learning English increased. Ninety percent of my students passed the middle and final exams with good marks, which is much higher than last year.” 

USAID is supporting  the Ministry of Public Education’s ambitious English-Speaking Nation initiative, which was launched in 2019, with the goal of enhancing Uzbekistani graduates’ English language skills to better prepare them for further education and employment. 

Last updated: August 03, 2022

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