Frontlist | Delhi govt, US embassy launch English teaching course

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The Delhi government and the US Embassy launched an English teaching course for teachers from women’s colleges in the city.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 10-week-long English teaching programme was launched by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
  • The courses for teachers are designed to address some of the objectives outlined in India’s new National Education Policy (NEP)
  • At the event, the deputy CM also invited US First Lady Jill Biden to interact with Delhi government school students.
    The Delhi government and the US Embassy launched an English teaching course for teachers from women’s colleges in the city. The 10-week-long English teaching programme was launched by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy David H Kennedy for 700 pre-service teachers from all-women colleges of the city.
    At the event, the deputy CM also invited US First Lady Jill Biden to interact with Delhi government school students.

    The English teaching course launch was conducted by the US Embassy’s Regional English Language Office, and other senior embassy officials apart from Kennedy were also present at the event.

    Importance of learning English

    “We are training future teachers, they are getting quality training in advance so that they work for the best of our children,” Sisodia said, according to PTI.

    “English is a key language in developing global perspectives and it’s important that our teachers and students are well-equipped with it,” added Sisodia, who is also the Delhi Education Minister.

    Kenny said that English is an important language for economic development and student mobility.

    “Great to see Delhi government and US Embassy jointly working actively on it,” he said, as per PTI.

    Collaboration between Delhi govt and US embassy

    David H Kennedy appreciated how the deputy CM was making sure that Delhi teachers learned from the best and acknowledged the long association of the US Embassy with the Delhi government.

    About the teacher teaching programme

    The Delhi government said in a statement that the courses for teachers were designed to address some of the objectives outlined in India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) and would help teachers teach English.

    “The courses will promote reflective and learner-centred pedagogy as mandated in the NEP, and will enhance teachers’ abilities to support the development of students’ English language proficiency in all subject areas, as well as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and other 21st Century skills,” said a Delhi government statement.

    The statement added that the new programme would support teachers in solving some of the Covid-19-related education challenges they had been facing and that it would also incorporate hands-on experience with new classroom technologies.

    “Graduates will use the skills they learn in the programme to benefit tens of thousands of students over the course of their careers,” it said.
    Source: India Today

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