Final Narrative Project Report - United Nations Development Programme

English Language Training for the Commission of Integrity and Other Institutions 80465 Final Narrative Project Report
Final Narrative Project Report English Language Training 80465
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Executive Summary
The aim of the English Language Training for the Commission of Integrity and Other Institutions was to
facilitate improved English skills with emphasis on cross border investigations and international
cooperation. UNDP successfully delivered a series of activities which met project outcomes resulting
in improved English skills for those who participated in the classes at the Anti-Corruption Academy,
the Judicial Development Institute and the US Immersion Programme.
An appropriate English as a second language curriculum was developed and implemented at the
Anti-Corruption Academy in Baghdad with the provision of relevant teaching and learning materials.
A curriculum was developed for the Higher Judicial Council in collaboration with the Judicial
Development Institute pursuant to the specific requirements identified by the Chief Justice.
All participants who attended classes at the Anti-Corruption Academy or the Judicial Development
Institute were placed into classes based on their individual performance on a standardized English
language placement test.
English classes initiated at the Anti-Corruption Academy in July 2012 and completed in August 2013.
There were three levels of students of English as a second language all of whom were staff from
either the Commission of Integrity or the Office of Inspectors General. During the class lifecycle a
minimum of 360 hours of classroom instruction was delivered by a team of three Iraqi English
language teachers and a UNDP consultant. The UNDP consultant was a native English speaker with
extensive Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an anti-corruption legal background.
The English language training programme at the Judicial Development Institute was completed
early 2013.
A ninety day immersion course was successfully delivered at two Universities in the USA attended by
31 Iraqi anti-corruption personnel (12 Female and 19 Male). Sixteen students attended immersion at
the University of California Riverside at the International Education Programs Department and
fifteen students at the Georgia Institute of Technology Language Institute. The immersion schools
provided grades which were above average and provided test results which reflected improved skills.
A training of trainers was conducted over the lifecycle of the project by the native English speaker
UNDP consultant through in-service, teacher meetings, modeling and mentoring for the three
English language teachers at the Anti-Corruption Academy. In further support of sustainability and
the inclusion of modern English language techniques, arrangements were made for the English
language teachers to participate in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at one of the
identified universities. Only one teacher was able to attend and received excellent feedback.
The concrete nature of this project has been greatly appreciated and successfully completed. This
project has substantiated that the new Iraq curriculum being taught provided skills for success at the
American universities and has assisted in making the Anti-Corruption Academy the training facility
for all oversight institutions.
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