English reform programme

On 30 January to 7 February 2019, the British Council, together with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education, the Republican Scientific-Practical Centre for Developing Innovative Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages ​​and Uzbek State University of World Languages, is conducting a large-scale programme English Reform, which includes a number of activities.


  • to reflect on national and international English Reform experiences to date
  • summarise key elements and success factors and produce recommendations to develop more holistic approaches to large scale English reform
  • to develop a strategy for national, regional and international networking and continuing professional development of English teaching professionals

Expected outcomes:

  • summary of key elements and success factors in large scale national English reform
  • agreed next steps in ensuring sustainable growth and change 
  • shared understanding of the role of the international partnership and networking in English reform
  • a short event report with agreements and action points


Within the week a series of events will take place:

  • training events for ESP teachers run by UK consultant, Jeff Stanford
  • training events for PRESETT teachers run by UK consultant, Rod Bolitho
  • a round table with heads of English language departments, where they will discuss the results of the implementation of the new curriculum in 11 ESP areas
  • meetings with ministries of education to discuss joint projects in this area
  • a two-day forum on the topic “Key success factors and challenges in national English reform”, which will bring together more than 200 teachers, heads of English language departments from Uzbekistan as well as their colleagues from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
  • a visit to Bukhara State University, where participants will become familiar with the system of teaching English at the university and the work of the Development Centre, launched with the support of the British Council