What we offer
Using our first-class research, reliable data, sound methodology, expert analysis and evidence-backed recommendations, we can help you make decisions around English language learning and teaching. We can support you with:
- monitoring and evaluating current standards
- providing guidance and support to improve learning outcomes
- improving teaching standards
- establishing quality assurance processes
- informing policymaking.
Studies will fall into four main scales depending on your research questions:
The ‘English in the Park’ initiative by the Education Secretariat of Antioquia, Colombia, in 2015 is an example of a small-scale project we have delivered. It involved evaluating teaching practices and stakeholder attitudes, beliefs and perceptions from a sample of 250 students and 70 teachers. Our report served as a reference point for monitoring the effectiveness of the initiative and provided recommendations for its continuation.
We have also successfully delivered medium-scale projects, involving the collection of a much larger range of data, and developing the instruments to do so. One such research study looked into the effectiveness the Cambridge English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) in Mexico. The TKT is used extensively in Mexico to benchmark teachers’ pedagogic knowledge against international standards, and also helps public and private schools recruit suitably qualified teachers. We undertook a long-term study into the impact of TKT on both the Mexican educational sector, and on society.
Our study on the SCOPE programme in India is a large-scale impact study that took place a few years into the programme. Around 2,000 learners and 90 trainers participated in the study, which was conducted through several groups of research participants (learners, trainers, policymakers and employers) and various collection instruments (tests, questionnaires and interviews) across multiple locations.
A longitudinal impact study would involve the use of retrospective data – comparable data on the same constructs and the same/equivalent instruments, collected at different points in time. A longitudinal study can be small, medium or large scale, depending on its scope.