Language teachers from around 1.60 lakh state run primary and upper elementary schools from UP will soon be able to improve their pronunciation and teaching skills through customized, free, intelligent, spoken English course videos made available to them. Experts from the English Language Teaching Institute (ELTI), Prayagraj, have completed the task of designing the course, officials say. General Director (School Education) Vijay Kiran Anand said that as part of this course, teachers will be trained online so that the necessary improvement in children’s educational standards can be achieved.
Every language teacher of the schools mentioned is compulsorily trained in online mode. ELTI will also make its spoken English videos available on its YouTube channel, he added.
A total of 120 modules with a duration of 10 to 12 minutes are available. The full course of approximately 24 hours will soon be available to teachers on the diksha portal of the union’s Ministry of Education, said ELTI Director Skand Shukla.
The course was designed by ELTI after studying such courses that are already offered in the private sector.
“We have seen that none of the courses we already have can take into account the knowledge of the English language and the speaking practice required for our teachers. The course we have designed teaches pronunciation, vocabulary, and common mistakes most people make, along with knowledge of syntax, including grammar and sentence structure. It also provides conversation practice for teachers and provides assessment practice after each module, ”he added.
Shukla said that speaking a language requires practice and that the practice takes place in a language setting. “The aim of the Spoken English course is to give language teachers that environment and the practice they need,” he added.
He said that during the corona pandemic, a large number of teachers had already received training through an online medium and therefore there would be no difficulty for teachers to access and complete the training with this specially designed English course.
The ELTI was founded in 1956 by the British Council. It is also supported in its functioning by the central university for English and foreign languages, Hyderabad.