Within the program’s editions to date, conducted in 2000-2016, 947 projects were funded in grant competitions addressed to schools and NGOs from localities of up to 20,000 inhabitants.
“English Teaching” is an undertaking designed to promote the study of English as well as stimulating and developing a variety of civic initiatives. Their results often transcend the original goals and frequently stimulate activity of local communities. The program’s actions are mainly addressed to English language teachers at public elementary and junior high schools as well as kindergartens in rural areas and small towns. The program’s offer includes training for teachers and it provides them with the possibility to carry out small projects along with consultancy in their preparation.
Within the program’s editions to date, conducted in 2000-2016, 947 projects were funded in grant competitions addressed to schools and non-governmental organizations from localities of up to 20,000 inhabitants. As a result, clubs of admirers of Anglo-Saxon culture and English language, little libraries of English-language books and press as well as theater circles were set up in many schools. Numerous contests of knowledge about English writers, culture and history as well as song festivals were held. Children and young people had a chance to watch English-language films in their original versions and take part in lessons conducted by native speakers. More than 64,000 students and approx. 4,000 teachers directly participated in the projects financed within the grant competitions. Indirectly they engaged over 165,000 parents and other members of local communities.
The program includes “Weekends with English Teaching” methodological training sessions for English language teachers in localities with a population of up to 20,000 inhabitants. So far, 121 such training sessions have been conducted with more than 5,500 teachers participating.
The most active teachers participating in the program have a chance to expand their qualifications at a three-week Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Summer Institute, organized by Gonzaga University in the USA.
Under the program, 14 annual nationwide “English Teaching Market” meetings have been organized for teachers of English and interested institutions, organizations, schools and publishers. A total of approx. 6,700 people have participated in them. The meetings are aimed at the development of cooperation networks of English-language teachers from small localities and are additionally supported by the community portal and regular e-news on other educational initiatives such as grants, training sessions and competitions.
In 2015, under the initiative of the English Teaching Program Ambassadors (the most active teachers participating in the program), the “English Teaching” All-Poland English Teachers Association was established, whose objective is to carry out professional training for English teachers, especially those from villages and small towns, as well as advocacy activities on behalf of them.
The Foundation has disbursed $7,257,555, including $715,010 for the current edition of the program.