Over the years 2000-2021, 1,116 projects were funded through grant competitions addressed to schools and non-governmental organizations in villages and small towns.
“English Teaching” stimulates and develops a variety of social initiatives. Their results often surpass the initial goal, leading to the general spurring of activity in local communities. The program is aimed mostly at English language teachers working in primary schools and kindergartens based in rural areas and small towns. In the past many initiatives were organized at junior high schools, but those schools no longer exist. The program includes training sessions for teachers, coupled with the possibility of implementing projects with their pupils; it also provides help in preparing these undertakings.
Between 2000 and 2021, grant competitions addressed to small-town schools and non-governmental organizations financed 1,116 projects to organize school clubs for fans of Anglo-Saxon culture and English, create libraries with English literature and press, and form theatrical clubs. The program led to organizing numerous contests focused on Anglo-Saxon writers, culture, and history, as well as some song festivals. Children and teenagers were invited to watch English films and take part in lessons with native speakers of English. More than 72,000 pupils and 4,700 teachers participated in the projects directly, and over 170,000 parents and other representatives of local communities were engaged indirectly.
The program also offers “Weekends with English Teaching”, namely methodology training for English teachers based in towns and villages with populations of up to 20,000. To date, 142 such training sessions have been organized for a total of 6,513 participants.
The most active teachers can increase their competencies during the three-week Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Summer School taking place in Gonzaga University in the USA.
17 nation-wide educational meetings – English Teaching Markets – were organized for English teachers and representatives of interested institutions, organizations, schools, and publishing houses; they attracted almost 9,000 attendees. These annual meetings help expand the cooperation network of English teachers from smaller localities; they are backed up with a social media portal and regular e-news about other educational initiatives, such as grants for projects, training, or contests.
The Polish Association of Teachers of English “English Teaching” was founded in 2015, developed from the “English Teaching Ambassadors” initiative – the most active teachers participating in the program. Its main purpose is the professional development of English teachers from small towns and villages in particular, as well as advocating relevant social activity.
Between 2020 and 2021, because of the pandemic restrictions, the program offered mostly online training sessions, as well as weekly webinars held by experts and trainers in cooperation with InstaLing which attracted over 50,000 participants. Also the annual English Teaching Market meeting did not take place during that time. English teachers who cooperate with the program were provided support in terms of methodology and techniques of remote teaching. Language projects for students, which began in September, were mostly carried out online.
The Foundation has disbursed $9,058,784 in grants, including $749,167 for the current edition of the program.