Our language projects aim to improve mainly English language instruction at schools. Training and support is also provided in sound curriculum management in areas such as learning programme development, lesson planning, subject policy formulation, and assessment and maintenance of resources. All training is supported by the provision of appropriate learning and educational materials. We also provide support to learning and teaching across the curriculum in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics.

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Primary English Teachers in Rural Areas – PETRA:

Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Overseas Development Aid (ODA), the Primary English Teachers in Rural Areas project targeted teachers working in rural areas in the Transkei, Eastern Cape, Orange Free State and Natal. A number of these teachers won scholarships to study at Christ Church College in the UK. On their return, and working in materials development groups, these teachers worked with ELET’s materials development team and produced two books: Ready-to-Use Lessons from PETRA Teachers and More Ready-to-Use Lessons from PETRA Teachers.

Language for Learning Project: 

Funded by DFID (UK department for international development), this project aimed to improve learners’ access to the curriculum through raising educators’ awareness of the role language plays in the teaching and learning of English, mathematics and science. Project activities included: school-cluster workshops themed around writing, reading, talking and listening, and teacher talk; conferencing with educators; and classroom visits.

Ikhwezi Project: 

In 2002, we were contracted by MiET (Media in Education Trust) to offer training and teacher support to improve the quality of education among Foundation Phase educators in 180 primary schools in the Bizana, Lusikisiki and Mount Frere districts of the Eastern Cape.

Inkanyezi-Yokuza Project: 

We were one of four NGOs involved in this whole-school development project which aimed to improve the quality of education in the Bethany, Loskop and Winterton areas of KwaZulu-Natal. We were responsible for providing support to educators in English in the Senior Phase and the Further Education and Training (FET) Phase in nine schools. This support included classroom assistance (lesson planning, demonstration lessons, lesson observation and review); learner support materials; written tests for quality compliance; and school development and management training.

New Zealand Ugu Language Project: 

Funded by the New Zealand High Commission and the KwaZulu-Natal Education Development Trust, this project targeted Intermediate and Senior Phase language educators in 45 schools in the Port Shepstone district. Through educator workshops, the project aimed to improve educators’ understanding of how learning takes place through language, and how best to bring it about through the curriculum.

Mvelezandhivo Project: 

Working as a member of a project consortium funded by BH Billiton Mining Group, we worked with Senior and FET Phase educators in eight schools in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Support included regular workshops and school visits. We also conducted winter classes with the Grade 12 learners in 2007 and 2008.

Whole School Development Project: 

This project, funded by Zenex Foundation, was started by the Valley Trust in 2003. The project worked with physical science educators from Grades 4-12 in the Umbumbulu area; 20 high schools and 41 primary schools participated. We joined as a project partner in 2005 and offered support to educators who needed assistance in using English to teach effectively.

English Second Language Programme: 

In 2006, we were contracted by the Department of Education to train 300 Intermediate Phase educators from KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. By focusing on the role that language plays in the mediation of other learning areas, the project sought to boost educator confidence and ability to apply ESL principles to assist learners to perform successfully in all learning areas.

ABSA Foundation Project: 

In 2006, we designed and implemented a two-year project to offer language support to science, mathematics and English Grades 10-12 educators in 30 high schools in Nqutu, KwaZulu-Natal. Support included workshops and school visits and focused on sharpening the educators’ own literacy skills, especially their reading skills.

Operation Gijima Project: 

This project was funded by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, and was implemented by a consortium including ELET, CASME and Masifundisane FET College. The main objective of the project was to implement a Matric Intervention Strategy in order to improve the performance of learners from schools that obtained less than 50 percent overall pass in the 2006 examination. Although the focus of the project was on learners taking mathematics in the 2007 Grade 12 examination, the consortium also assisted learners in English, physical science and accountancy.

Dinaledi (KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo): 

Funded by the Zenex Foundation, this project targeted 75 Grade 10-11 educators from 20 Dinaledi schools in KwaZulu-Natal, and 71 educators from 20 Dinaledi schools in Limpopo. The educators attended training workshops and then, with support from ELET, implemented a 40-week programme for English First Additional Language for approximately 7 000 Grade 10-11 learners in each province.

Zenex-Izibalo Project: 

This project, funded by the Zenex Foundation and initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, brings eight service providers together to offer language, science and mathematics support to fifteen schools in the Ugu district. In addition to providing support to the English teachers, we also provide language support to physical science and mathematics educators in the FET Phase (Grades 10-12) through training, workshops, school visits and teaching and learning materials.

Sharp Minds Project:

Funded by Transnet, this project targets 100 learners in the following provinces: KwaZulu-Natal (Mtubatuba); Limpopo (Sekhukhune); North West (Moretele); and Free State (Maluti a Phofung). ELET provides the English support while other service providers provide mathematics and science support. Learners, chosen on the basis of their science and mathematics performance in Grade 10, will be supported through Grades 11-12.

Toyota Teach Primary School Project:

The Toyota Teach Primary School Project was established to enable a combination of educational organisations and service providers to collaborate in a project which offers services to sustain and improve education in primary schools. The project aims to improve teaching and learning in mathematics, science, language and cognitive skills within a context of whole-school development.

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