Amman, Jordan and Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) October 23, 2004
The U.S. Department of State, through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), has awarded the Cisco Learning Institute (CLI) $2.9 million USD to deliver English language education in Jordan.
In cooperation with MEPI, the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) and the Jordanian Ministry of Education, Cisco Learning Institute and its project partners will develop a comprehensive secondary school English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) curriculum along with teacher professional development training. The engaging English Interactive Online (EIO) program will be used in a blended e-learning format by Jordanian teachers and students in grades 7-12.
The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of basic and secondary education in EFL, including teacher training, and to promote the development of employable skills in Jordan. Specifically, this program will provide supplementary interactive EFL e-curricula for students whose first language of instruction is Arabic, presenting grade-appropriate vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation training in a real-life context that places the student within a series of typical situations in which they are most likely to use the language skills they acquire. The program will also provide teacher training and lesson plans for participating schools. The resulting scalable, blended e-learning model can be employed throughout Jordan and, if desired, throughout the Middle East and in other regions.
CLI's partners in this project are Pearson Longman, the world's leading EFL publisher and part of Pearson Education, the global leader in educational publishing, the Pearson Foundation, Planning and Learning Technologies, Inc. (Pal-Tech), Alliant International University and local Jordanian partner, Rubicon. The CLI/Rubicon partnership is already responsible for the separate development of K-12 Math and Science curricula for the JEI. The EIO program will adapt Pearson LongmanÂs proven Longman English Interactive materials to Jordanian curriculum needs in alignment with international standards.
ÂThis first-of-its-kind award by MEPI provides the Cisco Learning Institute the opportunity to expand its education efforts in the Jordan Education Initiative and apply the expertise and experience we have already acquired to bring quality, technology-enhanced education to students and teachers in Jordan,Â said Dr. David Alexander, Executive Director of CLI.
ÂWe have brought together an extraordinary group of development partners, including Pearson Longman and the Pearson Foundation, Alliant International, Pal-Tech, and Rubicon that all bring unparalleled expertise to this program,Â Dr. Alexander continued. ÂIn addition to securing fundamental competencies in math and science, JordanÂs young people must also gain language skills that will provide them with skills needed for workplaces that can compete in the global economy.Â
CLI specializes in international development projects focused on infusing technology solutions into large-scale education programs and views the EFL project as a progression of its commitment to accelerating educational development in Jordan through the broad application of blended e-learning, curriculum development and professional development training.
MEPI is a Presidential initiative announced by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on December 12, 2002 to support economic, democratic and educational efforts in the Middle East by building partnerships with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society elements, and governments to encourage the widest possible support across society for positive changes, and to make these changes relevant to the unique circumstances of each society in the region. To learn more about the Middle East Partnership Initiative, visit the U.S. Department of State MEPI Web site at http://mepi.state.gov/.
The Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) was launched by the World Economic Forum at its Extraordinary meeting at the Dead Sea in June 2003 and delivers on the vision of HM King Abdullah II for educational reform in Jordan. The initiative is an embodiment of the spirit of public private partnerships and currently counts over 17 global corporations, 17 local entities, and various governmental and non-governmental organizations actively involved.
CLI was founded to enhance the way people teach and learn by integrating and advancing educational technology. Initially funded by Cisco Systems, the Institute promotes e-learning as an effective and productive path to knowledge and skill. CLI is a nonprofit public benefit corporation committed to partnerships and solutions for educational and charitable institutions to improve their ability to use technology. CLI is committed to overcoming the issues of access, awareness and affordability in utilizing Internet technologies as essential tools in 21st Century education and these technologies will play a key role in solving the larger problems impacting learning today.
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