Father Peter Francis addresses teachers at Loyola School on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
OMG! That’s how most schoolkids react when asked to write full sentences for assignments. Weeding out SMS and chat lingo, and Hinglish from essays and answer sheets is a recurring nightmare of many English teachers.
To keep up with changing times and hold on to timeless yardsticks, English Language Teachers Association of Jamshedpur, comprising mentors of some of the best ICSE and CBSE schools in the city, made its debut on Thursday.
Conceived by Loyola School, the association wants to be a platform to help English teachers and schools constantly improve their skills to make learners “globally competitive”.
At the first meeting of the newbie association, held on Thursday at Loyola School, more than 50 English teachers from across 17 ICSE and CBSE schools took part, including the hosts, Sacred Heart Convent School, Carmel Junior College, Little Flower School, DBMS, Rajendra Vidyalaya and St Mary’s.
Father Peter Francis, professor in general management and chair of corporate communications at XLRI presided over the meeting and discussed rules and criteria of membership.
Father Sebastian Puthenpura and Father Jason Joshua, principal and vice-principal of Loyola School, also shared their observations.
“We thought of bringing English teachers here under one umbrella. The primary need in the city is to get good English teachers and help learners in need. The first meeting focused on the criteria of membership and what the association’s activities could be,” said Father Joshua.
Broadly, the association envisions to make Jamshedpur a hub of English language teachers and collate experiences of teaching and learning in a globalised world.
It also wants to provide a forum for teachers to periodically meet and discuss problems related to teaching English in Jamshedpur.
Teachers can also undertake innovative projects and share their best practices aimed at improving learners’ proficiency in English. The association will also host book review sessions, workshops, competitions and seminars for city students. It also envisages becoming a catalyst for English literacy in the city.