Tinder Foundation worked in consortium with BBC and British Council to create English My Way, a classroom based learning programme aimed at people with English languages skills below Entry Level One. Whilst British Council and BBC used their skills as ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) experts to build the course curriculum and additional resources, we built the website and set about finding a group of UK online centres who had experience of teaching English. In April 2014, 56 centres began delivering the course across many of the 29 priority areas outlined by DCLG.
Craig Salisbury, Project Coordinator
Samina, an English My Way learner
Funded by Innovate UK, the team carried out an in-depth examination of the technological, institutional and pedagogical factors that contribute to success in digital learning. The project aimed to test ways technology could open up adult and community learning to new audiences, and broaden its reach. As part of our research we talked to learners, volunteers, tutors and managers in the ACL sector, as well as key decision makers and OER providers about digital as an enabling tool, and barriers to its adoption.
We intend to use our research findings, along with our strong history of facilitating learning, to develop a service that equips ACL tutors and managers with the digital solutions they need to deliver learning that helps reach many more people, particularly those who wouldn’t traditionally engage with informal learning.