US missions partner with states to train English teachers to improve student skills

Through the Regional English Language Office (RELO) program, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India have worked with the state governments of Karnataka, Telangana, and West Bengal to assist in the professional development of English language teachers. English. According to the embassy statement, on February 9, nearly 100 English teachers and teacher trainers attended the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy-sponsored TESOL Basic Certificate Program (TCCP) in New Delhi.

Gloria Berbena, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Mission, accompanied TESOL International President Gabriele Kleckova to welcome attendees to the launch event. Furthermore, Berbena said, “We strongly believe that English is an essential tool for students to access higher education, improve their job opportunities and achieve their dreams.” She believes that teachers have a crucial role in this effort and in shaping the destiny of the country. .

Dr. Selvakumar, Principal Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, said that the Karnataka Ministry of Education is delighted to work with the US Consulate in Chennai to help English teachers to develop their skills. He went on to say, “In light of the NEP 2020 recommendations, the state plans to improve classroom processes by providing quality learning opportunities for children.” Furthermore, he expressed the wish to see more cooperation like these in the future to improve the quality of school education.

TCCP to help English teachers master cutting-edge, research-based teaching methods

On top of that, the TCCP is an intensive 140-hour English teacher training program that will help teachers master cutting-edge, research-based teaching methods. According to the U.S. Embassy statement, once completed, these teachers will be better able to help their colleagues create student-centered critical thinking classrooms that instill in students the English skills and the 21st century capabilities envisioned by India’s national education policy. .

By offering these courses, the U.S. Embassy hopes to assist states in the professional development of a group of K-12 teachers who, in turn, can assist in the professional development of teachers in their own state. . This concept has proven to be quite successful with the Delhi government, which currently has a cohort of around 200 mentor teachers helping 10,000 English language instructors, who in turn help 2.2 million Delhi students improve their English skills.

(With ANI entries)