Determined to correct the notion that students from government schools were not well versed in English, a government school teacher has developed a unique formula to teach the language. Sunita Singh, who teaches at the government high school in Bhawanipur, painted the walls of her school with English poems with different colours.
“This makes the language attractive. Now, students can sing the poems and together with action, can learn the language easily,” she said.
Even students passing by the walls stop and have a look at the wall. Some even recite what’s written. This, Sunita says, is what makes it successful. The formula is based on the Muharni method developed in the United Kingdom.
“With this method, I can incorporate the vowels, synthetic phonic sounds, 84 tricky words and how to change the pronunciation of similar words like pin and pine, pop and pope,” she said.“I can write in 21 fonts, this makes it very attractive. It is my passion to teach English.”
And Punjab does need passionate teachers. This year, over 80,200 students failed in English. English, which is often called the language of business, has gained importance especially since the renewed focus on bringing industries to Punjab.
Noticing her efforts, the education department has made her a teacher trainer. She will now start training English teachers in the state to develop teaching the language in their schools. Sunita had won three prizes at the British Council’s Fifth International Education Teacher conference held in Hyderabad this year.