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Mind your language, this is English

For teachers in Uttaranchal, it is virtually back to basics-ABC.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 12:49 IST

For teachers in Uttaranchal, it is virtually back to basics-ABC, when it comes to learning the English language.

And they don't mind learning the language in a classroom at Dehra Dun especially when teachers are from Ireland.

"We are learning how to improve our English especially at the basic level," said Pushpa Bisht, a primary school teacher at Khasonsi, a remote village in Jaunsar tribal area in the hill state. Bisht admits she did not know much English though she teaches the language to village children.

Like Bisht, there are hundreds of teachers who are still not very good in English, officials said.

For improving the English skills of these teachers, a group of teachers from the prestigious John Scottus School of Dublin, Ireland, have volunteered to teach the modern English.

These schoolteachers are teaching the English language using techniques like phonetics, visual aid, books and audiocassettes.

"The English is changing. It is more of an American English than the queen's language," said Rutger Kortenborst, an English teacher, who graduated from the prestigious Trinity College of Ireland.