British Council launches English teaching course in Tanzania

The British Council in collaboration with the Institute of Education will launch a programme to support teachers in learning English language teaching methodology.

The programme would involve 34 government Teacher Teaching Colleges (TTCs) to improve English language teaching in Tanzanian schools. Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the Council former Country Director, Ms Sally Robinson, said education should be given top priority.

“We have succeeded in offering English courses here in Dar es Salaam and we have already established a new teaching centre in Arusha, so the launch of this programme is an extension of our partnership with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training,” said Ms Robinson Ms Robinson noted that English being the language of instruction in the secondary school teaching system, the British Council has a strong role to play in supporting improvement in the quality of education which is a major government priority.

The press conference was also used to announce the appointment of the new British Council country Director, Mr Richard Sunderland, who said his institution will work hard to help Tanzanians connect with UK’s educational and cultural opportunities.

“We will keep on working with Tanzania in different projects and strengthen the relationship that we have, as I have been very passionate to work in Africa for many years and was very pleased to be appointed to work in Tanzania,” said Mr Sunderland.

By HILDA MHAGAMA, Tanzania Daily News

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