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Volume 10 : 6 June 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Teachers' Professional Development in ELT at Tertiary Level:
ELTR Project of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan -
A Case Study

Zafar Iqbal Khattak, M.A., Ph.D. Scholar
Muhammad Gulfraz Abbasi, M.A., Ph.D. Scholar and
Bashir Khan Khattak, M.A.


The study describes impact analysis of the English Language Teaching Reforms (ELTR) Project of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. It seeks to explore the perception of the concerned ELT population about the effectiveness of the Commission's professional development courses.

The study was carried out mainly with the help of a detailed questionnaire administered to the randomly selected 740 trainees, asking them about different aspects of the courses such as the course content, the adopted methodology and knowledge of the resource persons, and about the overall impact of the courses on their teaching.

The researchers found that teachers' professional development courses were quite effective; however, the ELTR Project could have made these courses far more successful if it had selected the trainees or got them nominated on merit or need-basis and if the project had made the trainees accountable by telling them that they would be followed-up for any internal or external evaluation. The researchers had asked the trainees to give suggestions to help improve upon the future teachers' professional development courses under the ELTR Project. Keeping their valuable suggestions at forefront coupled with considering the major research findings of the study, some recommendations have been made for bettering the teachers' professional development courses and also for bringing in positive changes in terms of planning and implementation of the future ELT Projects.

1.0 Introduction

Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan launched a project on English Language Teaching Reforms (ELTR) for bringing qualitative improvement in English Language Teaching and for building capacity for effective and sustainable development of English language teachers in higher education in the country (July 2004). A National Committee on English (NCE) was constituted due to concerns shown by Mansoor (2003) regarding the declining standard of English in Higher Education. The Committee decided to achieve the goals of the ELTR project through six subcommittees. These six subcommittees were:

  • Faculty Development Programmes
  • Curriculum and Material Development
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Research and Publications
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Reorganization of Departments/Centres of English Language.

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Zafar Iqabl Khattak, M.A., Ph.D. Scholar
Abdul Wali Khan University
Mardan, Pakistan

Muhammad Gulfraz Abbasi, M.A., Ph.D. Scholar
Department of English
Bahauddin Zakariya University
Multan, Pakistan

Bashir Khan Khattak, M.A.
Higher Education Commission

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