This project aims to improve the quality of English language teaching and learning in 64 primary and secondary schools in six mandals in Vishakapatnam which constitute some of the most marginalised areas of the district and fall under the purview of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA). This project will involve teachers who belong to tribal communities and teach tribal children. For many of them, this will be their first exposure to the type of input envisaged for this intervention. The project activities will foster inclusion through actions that improve the involvement of under-represented groups in our activities. The emphasis is on the potential of equality and diversity to help create more inclusive societies.
The main focus is to:
- support teachers with developing their English language skills and confidence in using appropriate classroom language
- ensure teachers have adequate knowledge and skills to be able to address the needs of learners with regard to English language learning, to transact their lessons more effectively and to improve the quality of teaching and learning
- provide teachers with a bank of British Council and other self-access resources for their own language development and to utilise in their schools and peer networks, ensuring they have the skills and confidence to facilitate effective knowledge sharing. These resources will support and stimulate teacher learning within a coherent framework of teacher Continuing Professional Development
- based on administrative arrangements and local needs, explore the possibility of applying a cascade model of teacher training for sustainability beyond the pilot phase by developing a cadre of Master Trainers in the region to ensure maximum reach of this innovative initiative across all mandals in the district.