Digital English Learning is the Future!

The Bridging Academy (BA) is one of Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) core programmes that is implemented at all of its digital learning campuses. The BA programme is composed of a number of modules; accredited by different organisations, that all of the students must complete before they graduate from the year-long programme.  This programme is designed to function as a bridge for a young person who is exiting an under-performing school system into a world of work and careers.

One of the most recent and exciting addition is the online learning of English through a programme called TrackTest, which is an online English language assessment tool launched in November 2012 that measures the English skills of second language English speakers. All of GWF’s students enrolled under the BA programme are non-native English speakers.

GWF believes that the languages of access are English and Digital; two languages that are vital for anyone who wants to move along with the rest of the world. We have had the digital aspect of it covered by the International Computer Driving License (ICDL), and now the TractTest brings a second tick on the English box.

‘The test is using the scale based on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It wants to create a 21st-century alternative to expensive pen and paper tests provided by established companies’.

“This programme has been very exciting for me as a facilitator at GWF and also a learner who is also a non-native English speaker. It has helped me to easily explain the proper way to use the words ‘lend and borrow’ ‘may and can’ in a sentence, just to name a few, and I believe it will continue to be very beneficial to both GWF’s students and English Facilitators. The fact that it is done online also propels our students to be more confident with digital tools because they spend an hour everyday online doing their TractTest activities,” said Bridging Academy Coordinator Njabulo Mashele.

In 2014, TrackTest English Test was used by students from 173 countries and speaking 136 languages. After this year, all 238 of GWF’s Bridging Academy students will have completed all the modules on the online TrackTest, moving one step forward to joining the conversation the rest of the world has started using digital and English.

Bridging Academy Coordinator Njabulo Mashele facilitating the online TrackTest.

Bridging Academy Coordinator Njabulo Mashele facilitating the online TrackTest to BA studenst at the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus.

Khutso Ndlovhu gets to improve his English language and grammar online every week on TrackTest.

Khutso Ndlovhu gets to improve his English language and grammar online every week on TrackTest.

"I have ditched the traditional pen and paper and learning about the English language in the most interactive and fun way online. Thank you GWF and TrackTest for this wonderful experience."- GWF Bridging Academy Student Suntele Lukhele.

“I have ditched the traditional pen and paper, I am now learning about the English language in the most interactive and fun way online. Thank you GWF and TrackTest for this wonderful experience.”- GWF Bridging Academy Student Suntele Lukhele.

Studenst logging into TrackTest to do some activities before writing a short quiz.

Students logging into TrackTest to do some activities before writing a short quiz.

All of GWF's students have wrote a TrackTest  pre-test in January, the studenst will be assessed using teh same test again at the end of the year to determine improvements

All 238 of GWF’s students wrote a TrackTest pre-test in January, the students will be assessed using the same test again at the end of the year to determine improvements.

Written by Hazyview Media Agency.

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