Students with excellent academic results often miss out on big opportunities just because they lack proper communication skills.
Thus, nurturing soft skills is as important as studying basic subjects, said Kanta Wadhera, a freelance consultant with CBSE. She added communication was an important tool in the global market, and students should develop it from the basic level.
Wadhera was addressing a daylong workshop for teachers on Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL).
This year, CBSE introduced speaking and listening assessment as a part of its continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme for strengthening co-scholastic areas of students.
Under the initiative, ASL has been made mandatory for students of Classes IX-XI studying in around 14,000 schools across the country affiliated to CBSE and will have 20 per cent weightage.
Organised by Orient Blackswan, the publishing house that launched Dialogue — a book on the subject, the workshop was attended by around 70 English teachers in CBSE schools from across the state. The aim was to train teachers how to assess speaking and listening skills of students.
She added though guidelines had been prescribed and materials were available on Internet, such sessions were a must to have a clear idea about the dos and don’ts.
“This type of evaluation has just been introduced. In the future, CBSE may issue certificates, mentioning the level of oratory proficiency of a student as well as listening skills,” she said.
Sheila J Kurien, vice-president, Orient Blackswan, said the book, Dialogue, would help assess students better.