English is the universal language of business in the world and is the medium of communication across the globe.It is imperative that we teach English at the primary level and equip students with the necessary skills to use the language for communication.
In this regard, the Department of Primary and Secondary Education has taken up a massive English Language Empowerment Programme (ELEP) in this academic year with the objective of training 10,200 primary school teachers across the state. In the past short-term trainings of 5 or 10-days have proved insufficient for teachers to develop their English language proficiency and pedagogical skills. Hence the project aims to provide a long-term English training of 30-days duration to teachers. .
The specific objectives of thisone monthresidential trainingare as follows:
Training 10,200 teachers in 2017-18:
The training will be done in the cascade mode at the district level in the respective DIETs. The RIESI and DSERT, with the help of MRPs, will design follow-up programmes for trained teachers and provide mentoring support to them. Trained teachers will be monitored in regular intervals and encouraged to share their post-training experiences in the cluster sharing meetings and DIET level workshops.
This training will help teachers to develop their spoken English skills, gain confidence to use textbooks prescribed in better ways and enhance the language (listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary). They will learn to design tasks and activities and to use supplementary resources to teach English in effective ways. Further they will acquire the skills to explore classroom issues, conduct small research studies and facilitate evidence-based learning. They will be in a better position to use digital content, including open resources, to help children learn English.
This is a unique and the first of its kind training in English language not only in the state but in the whole country as well. Karnataka will be a model for other states in enhancing the quality of English Language Education in the government primary schools.