Strengthening Teacher Education In Plualingual Society ( STEPS) 2016

The study is an assessment of a training programme initiated by the British Council in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education ( MEHE). The overall objective of the programme was to improve Syrian students’ learning experience of foreign language in Lebanese public schools in cycle 1.

The findings revealed that the STEPS training programme had a positive impact on the extent to which teachers engaged with the children’s identities, contribute to their sense of security, and aid their process of adaptation. STEPS training also helped many Guidance Counsellors (DOPs) shift their focus to the students’ level of comfort and engagement when mentoring teachers of cycle 1 students. Prior to STEPS, in their mentoring of teachers, DOPs used to focus mostly the textbook material covered rather than the students’ engagement.