DURATION: 09/08/2020 - 07/31/2022
FUNDER: U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
PARTNER: Cengage Learning
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

The Virtual Madrassa English Language Teacher Training Program (V-MELTT) was a completely virtual teacher training program that supported madrassa teachers in India in developing as professionals and teach English in English.

Through V-MELT, World Learning aimed to increase the capacity and effectiveness of madrassa English language teachers and teacher trainers in India, support inclusive education of students and professional development of teachers, and provide a safe means of study in response to the global pandemic. Participants of the program completed two self-paced online courses developed by National Geographic Learning: English for Teaching and Professional Knowledge for English Language Teachers. Peer Learning Hubs were used to bring participants together with their peers and a coach to support their self-study, motivate them to continue, and answer their questions about the curriculum. Over two iterations, World Learning supported the professional development of 60 teacher trainers and 240 madrassa teachers. 

Program Goals

  • Enhanced the capacity and confidence of madrassa teachers to teach English language lessons in English.
  • Promoted learner-centered, experiential teaching practices.
  • Provided madrassa youth with increased access to higher education and job opportunities, to help further their societal integration.
  • Built the framework for a scalable, sustainable Training of Trainers program.