English Clubs is an initiative that will develop young people’s skills so that they have access to stronger employment opportunities in the future. It also aims to increase understanding and acceptance of tolerance, mutuality, dialogue and equality among the wider community which will support broadening of horizons of young people and being open diverse views and opinions. 

In Azerbaijan, two new English Clubs will be established in 2018-19, at Fuzuli School no. 50 and Gushchu School named after A.G. Isakhanov. Both are IDP community schools. British Council has previously opened ten English Clubs and one English Resource Centre for teachers.

English Clubs are fully funded by the UK Government. British Council is partnering the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan to implement the project and to contribute to the security and stability in the remote communities.

Programme aims


  • To equip young people with better English knowledge and skills to help them with personal growth and better career opportunities. 
  • To build confidence and offer new perspectives.
  • To increase understanding and acceptance of tolerance, mutuality, dialogue and equality through soft skills, such as debating, negotiating and dialogue (DNDs). 


  • To use the UK’s experience and resources by helping hundreds of English language teachers develop their confidence, skills and knowledge.
  • To initiate the Teacher Activity Groups (TAGs) to provide a platform so teachers can come together to discuss new ideas, teaching practices and local needs.
  • To enhance professional development and help teachers become Community Change Agents.

New English Club locations in 2018/19

  • Mushvigabad settlement, Garadagh district for IDPs 
  • Buzovna Settlement Eyvaz Heydarov 28

Activities in 2018/19

  • Young Learner Activities (conversation clubs, skills classes, dialogue, debating, workshops, reading groups, interest groups) 
  • Teacher Trainings that support the professional development and English teaching skills.
  • First Teacher Activity Groups (TAGs) in Azerbaijan

English Clubs in Azerbaijan:

Up to 500 students and 30 teachers will have access to English Clubs activities. English Clubs will be equipped with teaching and learning resources; while learners will have access to two courses:

  • English for Communication: an intensive English language programme focusing on verbal communication skills
  • Debating, Negotiating and Dialogue Skills

Teachers will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources to run exciting and engaging innovative club activities to develop confidence and fluency in English.

British Council provides the English Clubs with a range of supplementary resources for self-study – tablets, English learning apps and digital learning resources.

Project Duration:

The project activities will take place between 1st December and 31st March for its first phase of the English Clubs programme.