The Open University

English in Action programme, Bangladesh

Executive Producers: Catriona Oliphant & Ian Willox
Producers: Nicola Barranger & Roy McMillan

Chrome worked with The Open University on the DFID-funded, multi-platform English in Action (EIA) programme.  Chrome’s role was to help develop and produce a series of curriculum-based materials in enhanced podcast format for use by secondary school teachers in Bangladesh on an iPod touch platform.

EIA is a nine-year programme with the mission of ‘changing learning, changing lives’, designed to change the way that English is acquired by children, young people and adults in Bangladesh.  During the programme period, EIA will work with education partners in Bangladesh to reach a total of 25 million primary and secondary school children and adult learners.  The programme will bring innovative ways of learning communicative English to different sectors of society using a combination of traditional and new methods and will use resources such as textbooks and supplementary materials, delivered both through print and appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT).

‘I learned how the teacher is using gesture, how he is making gesture effective.  I also learned how the teacher is making the class more effective by involving all the students.  Had I not been given the video and audio, I would definitely miss learning of these techniques.”

Teacher in UCEP urban slum school for working children in Dhaka

The EIA programme is implemented through a partnership between the Government of Bangladesh and the UK Government. A consortium of three international partners consisting of The Open University, BBC World Service Trust and BMB Mott MacDonald, together with two national partners – Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programme (UCEP) and Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) – will work closely to implement the programme.

For more information about the project, see the English in Action website.


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