Kiribati shares TVET reform successes at International conferenceTarawa, Kiribati, 15 August 2012 - One of Kiribati’s top English Language trainers travelled to Australia in July to present at the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) International TESOL Conference in Cairns. Ms Ebwa Mwakaea, Head of School (Communications) at the Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT), delivered a presentation entitled ‘TVET Reform in the Pacific: Combining teacher training with English language proficiency development.’ The presentation, co-delivered with KIT’s former Senior ESL Education Manager Ms Maria Doyle, detailed the journey that KIT has undertaken in transforming English language delivery at the Institute. These reforms have included the introduction of formalised English language training and qualifications (CSWE I-IV) for all staff and students and the introduction of an English language campus. In their presentation, Ms Mwakaea and Ms Doyle revealed that initial language testing results showed that almost all students and staff at KIT increased their English language proficiency by one, two or three ISLPR steps between March and November 2011. Mr Antoine Barnaart, Team Leader for the TVET Sector Strengthening Project (TVETSSP) in Kiribati, believes that these results are very significant:
“When i-Kiribati students graduate with a high level of English language proficiency it significantly enhances opportunities for employment, both nationally and internationally. Maria and Ebwa are to be congratulated for designing and driving this important program at KIT.” The presentation received a great response from the audience of TESOL practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, Burma and China. Ms Mwaekaea explained: “Many professionals were interested in implementing similar programs in their countries so it was a great pleasure to share our successes and our lessons learned.”
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