The BLISS project aims to address the needs of the teacher educators, teachers, learners and the wider community in Bihar by providing access to high quality teaching and learning materials as well as increased awareness of the value of English for employability. It aims to aid the Bihar State Government in devising a coherent, high quality and sustainable model for teacher development which will improve the quality of instruction and ultimately raise the level of English proficiency among both teachers and learners in the state enabling the Bihar State Government to achieve its development agenda.
We will train a core group of 160 Teacher Educators, an average of four per district, supported by 40 Mentors, who will act as a support network, academic resource and teacher training cadre for school and district based teacher development. We will support the state government in ensuring that every secondary school in Bihar has a specialist English teacher with the necessary skills to achieve National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005) and Bihar Curriculum Framework (BCF 2008) goals. Up to 3200 English teachers (Standards IX-X) will use English in their lessons and provide opportunities for their students to use English in a variety of interactive and meaningful ways that are relevant to their needs and context.
Workshops will be held for Head Teachers and District Education and Project Officers in the state to ensure that they understand the aims of the project and what is required of them in supporting teacher development. We will engage with local communities through the media and local events, which will discuss the link between English and employability and the rationale behind learner and learning centred teaching methodologies.
We will provide resources for learners and teachers at all levels through print, radio and web-based media. This will include TeachingEnglish Radio, a series featuring Indian teachers discussing learner centred and activity based teaching methodologies; locally set teacher development films and LearnEnglish Print, designed for low level learners, specific to the Bihar context and to be published in vernacular publications. British Council web-based resources mapped to the local curriculum will be made available to teachers and learners.