In partnership with Virtual University in Tunisia, the British Council delivered a pilot LearnEnglish Pathways blended course for first year students at the Higher Institute of Management in Gabes (Institut Supérieur de Gestion Gabes).

270 university students in the south of Tunisia benefited from this innovative blended-learning English language programme from September 2012 to April 2013.

Instead of just 90 minutes a week of English face-to-face study, students studied for up to three hours a week, with the extra 90 minutes online by themselves or in small groups. The motivating online study encouraged more independent learning and focused learners on certain skills more than others, allowing them to activate their speaking and listening more in class time, which in turn helped boost their motivation, confidence and level.

Student’s English level was tested before and after the course using British Council’s APTIS test and results showed a huge improvement on average by one CEF level.

Feedback showed that 90 per cent of students would like this blended-learning model to become part of their studies every year.