This project aimed to improve the quality of English language teaching and learning in 64 primary and secondary schools in six mandals in Vishakapatnam. These mandals constitute some of the most marginalised areas of the district and fall under the purview of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA).
This project involved teachers who belong to tribal communities and teach tribal children. For many of them, this was their first exposure to input on learner-centred English language teaching. The project activities fostered inclusion through actions to improve the involvement of under-represented groups in our activities.
The main focus was 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 support and stimulate teacher learning within a coherent framework of teacher Continuing Professional Development.
The pilot phase of this project involved two primary activities – ascoping study and the teacher training. These activities informed the design and activities of the longer term project, including engaging with other stakeholders involved in the wider initiative.