The Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) portal supports classroom activities of teachers of junior secondary schools (JSS). The ORELT project aims to:
- Provide a bank of ‘open content’ multi-media resources in online and traditional text formats that will support school based education and training for teachers in junior secondary schools;
- Provide ‘open content’ support resources for teacher educators who prepare teachers for junior secondary schools. To achieve these aims a situation analysis of English language teaching (ELT) in selected Commonwealth nations was undertaken to determine strengths, gaps and challenges of teaching English in Africa and Asia. This formed the basis for developing appropriate materials that address the needs and realities of JSS teachers.
The ORELT website portal provides access to these ‘open content’ resources and provides teachers and other stakeholders a platform for sharing other resources and a place to engage in online discussions.
If you are a teacher of educator using the ORELT website you should read the ORELT Training Manual. This manual includes all the information you need to know to use the ORELT website to its fullest potential.
Commonwealth of Learning
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Visit http://www.col.org for more information.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) acknowledges the contributions of the following in the development of the Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) at Junior Secondary School (JSS) Level modules:
Professor Thomas K. Adeyanju, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (Module 1); Dr Musa Maisamari, University of Abuja, Nigeria (Module 2); Dr Speranza M. Ndege, Institute of Open, Distance & e-Learning, Kenyatta University, Kenya (Module 3); Dr Mukti Sanyal, Bharati College, University of Delhi, India (Module 3); Dr Cornelia Muganda, Institute of Continuing Education, The Open University of Tanzania (Module 4); Professor Isaac Olaofe, Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (Module 5); and Dr Padmini Boruah, Department of English Language Teaching (ELT), Gauhati University, India (Module 6).
We also wish to acknowledge the following people for reviewing/critiquing the modules:
Dr Padmini Boruah, Department of ELT, Gauhati University; Dr Mukti Sanyal, Bharati College, University of Delhi; Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi, Regional Institute of English, South India; Dr Kishor G. Bhide, Department of English, SNDT Arts and Commerce College for Women, India; Dr V. Rajagopalan, SSKV College of Arts and Science for Women, India; Mr Rajesh Nimesh, Video Production Division, Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research & Training, India; and Professor Vasudha Kamat, Central Institute of Educational Technology, National Council of Educational Research & Training, India.
Dr Padmini Boruah, Department of ELT, Gauhati University, edited and substantially revised all the six modules. Messrs Nicholas Kimolo and Maurice Mulinge of Futuristic Ltd. developed the multimedia content materials and Dr. Abdurrahman Umar, Education Specialist, Teacher Education, the Commonwealth of Learning, conceptualised, designed and co-ordinated the ORELT project.