Mamta Pandey is trying to ensure her colleagues at a Delhi government school mind their language while teaching English. She is among 50 mentor teachers trained by the US embassy in the city.
Over the next two weeks, Mamta and others like her will coach 30,000 government school teachers and break myths around language learning.
The government-initiated the 15-day foundational course in a tie-up with the regional English language office of the US embassy as well as assistant professors of curriculum and pedagogy from the George Washington University.
Among the takeaways from their session with Dr Sarah Sahr and Dr Lottie Baker, English teachers recounted that students in the Capital’s government schools will be helped to understand the language.
“We teachers are now embarking on a mission where, in the coming days, students will be taught that grammar is a not a law and it should not frighten them,” said Mamta.
Observers hail English proficiency as an invaluable foundation in India’s rise to the top of the world’s information technology and knowledge outsourcing industries. Sarah and Lottie believe that these 50 teachers hold a success story from Delhi for others to emulate.
“You will be responsible for your students’ tryst with English,” said Dr Sarah Sahr.
“Delhi can inspire countries like Mexico, Uruguay, Iran, Korea and the United States, who can learn from these teachers.” “What’s great about this programme is that we are training the trainers – teachers who are responsible for student’s understanding of english.
Without your efforts, education is going to stay the same. With your efforts, standards of education are going to soar,” Sarah told the teachers while concluding the training.
A teacher told Mail Today that a similar event was initiated in 2008 by the British Council and nearly 200 teachers were made to attend that event. However, it lacked lustre so much so that even school principals gave it a miss, said a mentor.
“We feel included this time as the minister holding education (Manish Sisodia) portfolio has personally taken the feedback from us and participated,” said Karamveer Singh.