The Telegraph
Wednesday , September 3 , 2014
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English boon for students

- British Council to extend programme for 3 years

The British Council would continue to work to improve English teaching in government schools of the state and for this, it would extend its programme, Bihar Language Initiative in Secondary Schools, by three more years.

The council launched the two-year project in 2012 in association with the state government and Department For International Development (DFID), UK, now known as UKAID.

At least 600 English teachers working in various government high schools in the 38 districts were trained under the Bihar Language Initiative in Secondary Schools. The programme imparted knowledge to the teachers about the various ways and activities they can incorporate to make the classes more interesting for the students.

Michael Connolly, assistant director, English Partnerships, British Council India, made the announcement to extend the Bihar Language Initiative in Secondary Schools by three more years during the convocation programme of the project in Patna on Tuesday.

Connolly, who is also the project director of the programme, said the British Council in the next three years aims to train more teachers so that they can help change the English teaching scenario in the state.

“More than 600 teachers from all the 38 districts of the state attended the programme out of which 200 were selected on the basis of their English spoken skills. The selected ones were further trained to become teacher educators. We want teacher educators to pass on their knowledge. It would definitely help to improve the English teaching scenario in the government schools of the state,” Connolly said.

Sharing the outcome of the evaluation conducted to assess the success of the two-year programme, Connolly said: “The evaluation was conducted on 50 teachers. We went to their classrooms to see if they were implementing the lessons learnt during the training under Bihar Language Initiative in Secondary Schools project. During the evaluation, we found out that 67 per cent teachers had planned their lesson in advance, while 75 per cent also engaged students in different group activities .”

Connolly said that 46 per cent students were found speaking in English in the classrooms.

“This result is very inspiring for us but we want to achieve more success in the project,” he added.

Rahul Singh, state project director, department of education, announced that the Bihar Language Initiative in Secondary Schools project would also be launched in middle schools soon.

Forty-nine teachers of secondary schools,who received training under the project, were awarded certificates during the convocation programme.