Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Building English Language Teaching Skills of Punjab Secondary School English Teachers  

The State Government of Punjab and British Council India are working together to develop the English language teaching skills and language confidence of secondary level English language teachers in government schools across Punjab. The Punjab English Language Teaching Initiative Secondary (PELTI - S) project continues work done as part of the Punjab English Enhancement Programme initiatives between 2010 and 2012.  PELTI is a three year state-wide project running from 2013-2016.

British Council India has designed and developed a training programme to first improve the language confidence and classroom skills of a selected group of 186 Master Trainers. This group has been further trained in effective training methods in order to cascade the methodology to 3000 government school teachers of English in grades 9 and 10. 

On 23 September 2014, British Council India will hold the first PELTI convocation event in Chandigarh to celebrate the achievements of the Master Trainers involved in the project. Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Minister of Education Punjab, will grace the occasion. Mr Michael Connolly, Assistant Director, English Partnerships, British Council India will also be present.

The project has specific objectives for each year. In Year 1, the focus was on the classroom practice of Master Trainers. The project is currently in its second year and is focussing on teacher training skills of Master Trainers including skills in monitoring and evaluation and observing and giving feedback to teachers. In Year 3, the project will help further develop the skills of Master Trainers in planning and writing training sessions and classroom resources.  The programme of face to face training is supported with a range of resources and tasks aimed at encouraging the Master Trainers and teachers to focus on their continuing professional development.

Initial monitoring from the first year of the project found that 89% Master Trainers reported that they acquired new knowledge after attending the training programme and 88% felt that the training received will help improve their teaching.

One teacher reported that as a result of applying the new methodology in their classrooms, ‘’Students have started speaking in small sentences. Teaching with such activities consumes less time to complete the syllabus and students take a lot of interest in their studies.”


In October 2013, the Punjab state government and British Council India signed an agreement to work in partnership to deliver a programme for English language teachers across the state. The programme has two broad outcomes:

  • A cadre of Master Trainers, many of whom will have been involved in the previous British Council-led programmes, able to have a clear role within the state in future (for example, in designing and delivering training programmes and assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of classroom practice)
  • Further developed teaching skills and language confidence of these Master Trainers and 3000 English language teachers across the state

This programme is a continuation of the Punjab English Enhancement Programme(PEEP), which ran between 2010 and 2013. Lessons learned, data collected and reporting from this previous project acted as our needs analysis when designing the current programme.

PELTI is a three year project. Each year, the Master Trainers receive eight days of face to face training from British Council Training Consultants. This training is split into two blocks of four days. Between the two blocks of training, they will try out what they have been learning in their own classes so that they can reassure teachers in the cascade that the ideas really do work in practice. They are also given access to opportunities and resources to continue their professional development. The Master Trainers then work in pairs to deliver 5 days of training to groups of secondary school teachers each year. The teachers are also given multiple opportunities and resources to continue developing their own skills beyond the face to face training.

The training course for Master Trainers and teachers includes texts from the Punjab Standards 9 and 10  text books to help them understand how techniques covered in the course can be used in the classroom. It also includes opportunities to observe demonstrations and practise the skills and ideas covered in the course through activities, micro training and teaching.


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Anupama Ghai, Head English Partnerships North India Mobile: 9999683099 or email:

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Notes to Editor

The British Council English Partnerships programme works with states governments, NGOs and CSR organisations in India to strengthen the quality provision of English as a second or other language in public education systems. Since 2007, we have worked with 12 states, training over 8,000 Master Trainers who have gone on to train 840,000 teachers and reached over 15 million learners through our provision of English language learning resources.

British Council India also works with corporate organisations that require English as a business and commercial skill and we operate teaching centres in New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata which offer high quality English courses directly to students and young professionals. We have developed television, digital and mobile products to reach users of English in more remote locations.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.