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In-service training for improving the quality of English language teaching in Zanzibar’s secondary schools

Jafari Abdala (Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)
Sharifa Juma (Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 13 May 2024

Issue publication date: 27 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate an in-service training (INSET) programme for improving the quality of English language teaching in Zanzibar’s secondary schools. Specifically, there were two objectives: i) to explore the teachers’ views on the zanzibar improvement students prospect (ZISP) training programme in improving the English language teaching techniques in secondary schools in Zanzibar and ii) to find out the organisational support provided to teachers when they are using the skills and knowledge acquired from the ZISP teaching programme.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used a qualitative research approach, particularly the case-study design. It used interviews to collect qualitative data that was analysed thematically. Twelve English language teachers from seven secondary schools who had benefited from the ZISP teaching programme and five headmasters from five schools participated in the study as respondents.

Findings

The study found that the ZISP training programme equipped teachers with pedagogical skills useful for preparing lessons and materials, using technology in teaching and providing timely feedback to students. In terms of support, teachers receive materials and motivation from various organisations.

Research limitations/implications

This study focused on ordinary teachers and headmasters. Nevertheless, other studies could use classroom observation, focus group discussion, document review or survey questionnaire to evaluate the impact of the programme and look at how the skills obtained are used in the teaching and learning of the English language. In addition, this study involved 12 participants who were teachers and headmasters, respectively. Other studies could include students, their families, employers and non-teaching staff. This would provide a holistic view of how the stakeholders perceive the INSET programme.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the body of knowledge regarding the benefits and organisational support teachers receive after participating in the INSET training programme in Zanzibar. Thus, teachers need regular exposure to INSET so that they improve the quality of their teaching.

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Citation

Abdala, J. and Juma, S. (2024), "In-service training for improving the quality of English language teaching in Zanzibar’s secondary schools", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 371-386. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-12-2023-0211

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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