The English language assessment competition grew out of our work with teacher educators, both pre and in -service, in the state sector in Sri Lanka. In 2017 the British Council and the Ministry of Education joined forces to run the Improving Teacher Education in Sri Lanka  (iTESL) Project. A current focus in this project is training teachers in the development and assessment of speaking and listening skills. In November 2020, over 200 English language teachers and teacher educators took part in the British Council English Language Assessment MOOC. After this, they were invited to take part in a competition to develop listening and speaking assessments at secondary level. The winners were awarded at a virtual event.

The British Council and the Ministry of Education have now decided to open up this competition to all secondary English language teachers and teacher educators. The competition has two aims: (1) to give teachers and teacher educators practice in developing speaking and listening assessment tasks and (2) to develop a bank of speaking and listening test items that can be used in secondary schools in Sri Lanka.

Who can enter?

  • all secondary English language teachers from government or government assisted schools
  • all government sector English language teacher educators

What can you win?

  • Win a Samsung tablet
  • Win a smart phone
  • Win British Council e-library membership
  • Win a book voucher
  • Win the chance to contribute to a bank of digital English language assessments for English language teachers and teacher educators in Sri Lanka
  • All entries meeting the guidelines below will receive a joint British Council / Ministry of Education certificate of participation 

 What do you have to do?

  • Write an assessment task for both a speaking and listening assessment
  • Read the guidelines on the website and use them to develop your tasks
  • Send your task soft copy by 1 June 2021

This competition is run by the British Council in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The judges will be from the British Council and the Ministry of Education.  Prizes will be awarded at provincial and national level. 

Personal data use and IP
By entering the competition, you agree to let the British Council and the Ministry of Education use the information that you are providing in connection with processing your application. If your entry meets the criteria, you agree to grant the British Council and the Ministry of Education permission to edit and upload your task to the Moodle site for sharing across the wider community.