Govt teachers get training to improve English skills of students

Children would be given an audio clip and asked to answer questions based on it to test their listening skills.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: December 15, 2013 1:58 am

In order to improve the communication skills of students in government schools,the Directorate of Education and SCERT held special training sessions for over 4,000 English teachers of government and government-aided schools in the capital.

“In government schools,it is always a huge challenge for teachers to improve the English speaking skills of students. So we thought of imparting training to our teachers,in order to help them improve speaking and listening skills of students,” Amit Singla,Director,Directorate of Education,said.

Last year,the project was held in 20 government schools on a pilot basis. The project,targeting students of Class IX to XI,is being promoted by Trinity College,London,in collaboration with CBSE.

“As good communication skills raise the self-esteem of a student,CBSE desires that students acquire proficiency in the language by the time they leave school. For this,it wants to give weightage to the English speaking ability of students. We don’t want our children to lose out on these marks,so we thought it important to do this,” Additional Director (Schools) Sunita Kaushik said.

Under the CCE,as much as 20 per cent weightage in formative and summative assessments will be for assessment of speaking and listening skills. Children would be given an audio clip and asked to answer questions based on it to test their listening skills. The second part would involve pairs of students interacting with each other in the presence of a teacher,who will record their conversation.

“For this,Trinity College trained 20 of our teachers as master trainers. These 20 trainers will now train another 1,600 PGTs and 2,100 TGTs,who are teaching in various government schools in the city,” Singla said. The certification will be done by Trinity College.

Most students hailed the measure as a positive step,but expressed trepidation over being able to learn the language quickly. “My English is not very good and I doubt if I can learn to speak fluent English so soon. We have been told that we’ll start with basic English,so I am hoping to learn something at least,” Ankit Raj,student of a government school in East Delhi,said.

“It is a good step,but they should have started it from primary classes,like it happens in the big public schools. We can never score as well as them in English,” Saurabh Jaiswal,another student,said.

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