‘The name of A.S. Hornby is highly regarded in the ELT world, not only through his publications and ideas on teaching methods but also through the work of the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust, set up in 1961. This was a farsighted and generous initiative whereby a large proportion of Hornby’s income was set aside to improve the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language, chiefly by providing grants to enable English teachers from overseas to come to Britain for professional training.’
The Hornby scholars this year presented How assessment influences the classroom teaching and learning of English. Research over several decades into the test washback and impact agrees that the content and format of English language assessment may influence classroom English teaching and learning in complex ways. In their talk the current scholars discussed how English language learning is assessed in schools in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. they looked at the influence of assessment on classroom teaching and learning, examined common factors and differences between the countries, and proposed how assessment practices might be best used to promote learning in these contexts.
The Hornby scholars this year are: Simon Ruiz Hernandez (Venezuela), Saraswati Doradi (Nepal), Tomas Andujar (Cuba), Zainab Cengiz Umaru (Nigeria), Santi Budi Lestari (Indonesia), Deepa Ellepola (Sri Lanka), Dame Diop (Senegal), Abayneh Haile Mengesha (Ethiopia), Patrick Musafiri (Rwanda). Facilitated by Martin Wedell (University of Leeds).
Here are two interviews given by some of the scholars for the British Council IATEFL Online. In this first video Hornby Scholars are talking about their experiences and the processes they had to go through to become scholars. They also have some helpful tips for anyone thinking of applying for a scholarship.
Dame from Senegal, Yasir from Sudan and Simon from Venezuela give an overview of some of the issues affecting English teachers in their countries, and what is being done to support those teachers.
Three Hornby Alumni will also be presenting. The alumni are: Kuheli Mukherjee (India) presenting on Hornby Scholarship Impact on Teacher Education in West Benegal and May May Win & Tara Siddhartha (Burma) presenting on Leading Teacher Development Programmes in Burma.
Hornby Alumni have been quite active during the conference indeed. As the culmination of a discussion process started 2 years ago at IATEFL Glasgow between former scholars Laxman Gnawali and myself and the Trustees. A working committee has now been established to carry out establishment of the Hornby Alumni Association. The official announcement of creation of the Association was made during the Hornby dinner on 3rd April at the Jinnah Restaurant in Harrogate.
The working party consists of Harry Kuchah (photo), Laxman Gnawali, Natalya Eydelman, Kuheli Mukherjee, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, and myself. More news on this soon.