Teaching English in Hindi will soon be passé for Delhi government teachers.
In a bid to change the image of its Hindi medium schools, the Delhi Government has begun giving spoken English training to its teachers. 40 mentor principals and 400 master trainers have been identified.
“The master trainers have been trained by the British Council. Each of the trainers will pick up 10 teachers and begin training them from January,” said Rina Ray, Education Secretary.
She said the training would be curriculum-based. “Children need to speak in English but many teachers teach English in Hindi. After this training, they will not only teach in English but also promote spoken English,” said Ray.
Most children in government schools come from poor families and speak Hindi at home.
“Children come to us from MCD schools. The gap between syllabus and the children is huge. We give bridge classes before teaching them in English,” said Sadhna Mittal, principal, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, New Friends Colony.
Trainers are confident they can encourage students to speak English. “Almost 4,000 teachers have to be trained. Positive part is a large number of teachers want to help students:” said Snehalata Gupta, master trainer and English teacher at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Surajmal Vihar.
Students shared her views. “The biggest difference between us and private school students is their communication skill and confidence,” said Anandi Tokas, a Class XII student of RPVV, Vasant Kunj.