To tackle phobia of English,Punjab to introduce activity-based books

Itsmportance in an emerging economy cannot be emphasised enough

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Updated: April 16, 2014 10:58 am

Itsmportance in an emerging economy cannot be emphasised enough; but a majority of students in the state’s government schools are increasingly finding it difficult to learn English with teachers stating that some of them even develop a phobia for the language.

Taking note of this,the Punjab School Education Department has decided to tackle the problem by introducing an ‘activity-based book’ for students of Classes VI-VIII from this academic session in an attempt to teach the language “in an interesting manner.”

Titled ‘Cornucopia’,the book has been prepared with contributions from a team of English Project District Coordinators (EDPCs) and English master trainers from across the state. It has been edited by Ginni Duggal,assistant state Project Director of the Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA),and contains 120 pages of 325 activities related to features of the English language: grammar,parts of speech and punctuation among others.

Jalandhar district coordinator (English) Chander Shekhar said that the activities will ensure that students practice the language on a daily basis. Project Director SSA Ginni Duggal said this method of learning English was different from the traditional methods and added that it would appeal to students of Classes VI-VIII. She says that students in this age group prefer playing games as opposed to reading and hence the book looked to exploit that.

Director General of School Education (DGSE) K S Pannu said teachers will also be trained using the new method,which,he added,aims to make learning English a game rather than a burden.

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