English in the Primary Classroom is a teacher training series that shows teachers in Maharashtra using learner-centred techniques, games and activities to teach English. The series has fifteen clips that focus on vocabulary learning, using flashcards, drills, pair work, and developing learners’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
In these clips, you can see teachers and learners doing activities that are based on the vernacular medium My English Book (standards one to four). These activities show how teachers can use and adapt their textbooks in learner-centred ways. The four teachers are working as lower primary teachers in vernacular medium schools (standards 1-4). The clips were filmed in their classrooms with their learners from urban, rural and tribal schools in Maharashtra.
You can watch these clips in any order, alone or with colleagues, with or without the workbook. Each clip lasts around two minutes, and focuses on a learner-centred activity, game or technique.
Remember, these clips are for teacher training. They are not for showing directly to learners in your classrooms.
To support you watching these clips, we have produced the workbook available in the downloads section below. The aim of the workbook is to:
- help you think about why the teachers are using the activities
- give you ideas on how to adapt and use these activities with your textbook
- give you some useful support to help you develop your classroom English