EWB Idea Book: A Teacher’s Companion Book to Tajikistan Public School English Language Textbooks
This book of ideas is designed to be used in conjunction with the English language textbooks used in secondary public-school classrooms in Tajikistan.
The ideas were developed in spring 2022 over the course of a four-week professional development series for teachers led by virtual English language specialist Lisa Mann and coordinated by English Without Borders and the United States Embassy in Tajikistan.
Working in action groups, the teachers participating in the workshop series pooled their vast experience, creativity, and knowledge of best practices in English language teaching to design activities that complement and expand upon existing topics and activities in the textbooks.
Each lesson includes ideas for beginning the lesson with fun and engaging warm-ups and lead-ins, ideas for pre-teaching vocabulary before delving into the lesson text, ideas to use while reading the text, ideas to use after reading the text including comprehension questions, ideas for integrating listening, speaking and writing into the reading lesson, ideas for adding grammar, and ideas for adding a project. The text around which each lesson is built has been included here for reference.
Although only a few lessons from each grade are included here, we hope that these ideas act as inspiration for other ideas that you can use with other lessons. We also hope that this collaborative project will act as an inspiration for you to work with your colleagues to design and share ideas and materials to make your classes more engaging, participative, and meaningful for your learners, and more rewarding for you as a professional.
Please feel free to download this, print it, and share it with whomever you wish. These ideas were designed for Tajik secondary school teachers, but they can be adapted for use in a wide variety of situations and with a wide variety of curricula.
Nigora Akilova, Rahat Akylova, Bahrom Aliev, Fernando Aquize, Farzona Baqoeva, Mirzoamir Baqoev, Natia Davitashvili, Parvina Davlyatova, Sitora Gulomasenova, Gulum Isaeva, Dilfuzai Islom, Sabohati Islom, Rano Juraeva, Farzonai Jurakhon, Firuz Kakroev, Mehrona Khanonova, Dilnoza Kholmirzoeva, Shoira Kholova, Mehrangez Khujaeva, Dastagul Makhmadalieva, Abdulloeva Mehrangez, Zarrina Mirzo, Zeboniso Murodova, Navruza Nazarshoeva, Nigora Nurmatova, Laylo Rahimova, Dilafruz Rashidova, Abdukholiq Saburov, Malik Shah, Nazira Shamsidinova, Idigul Shanbieva, Parvina Sodiqova, Farida Taghoeva, Munisa Zaripova.
English Without Borders (EWB), a project supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Tajikistan, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan, and implemented by the NGO Durakhshi Marifat, was officially launched on March 1, 2021.
The EWB network is committed to empowering the English language teaching community by strengthening teaching capacities, providing a platform for sharing knowledge and connecting professionals in the field, and making teaching resources available through a wide variety of online and in-person channels and events.
As one of the first and largest networks for English teachers in Tajikistan, EWB has opened new areas and created new platforms to support English teachers and learners domestically and globally.