Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Unicef and the British Council have been working in partnership on various English Language Teacher Education and Development Programmes in South India. Developing English Language Teaching - Andhra Pradesh (AP- DELT) is an initiative by the project partners to improve the quality of the teaching and learning of English in primary classrooms across the state. 


This project was designed as a pilot to an intended large-scale, state-wide teacher development project for Andhra Pradesh to support English language teacher training and development, in partnership with Andrah Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhian and UNICEF. It included training and development of primary teachers in four districts of Andhra Pradesh - Chittoor, Kurnool, West Godavari, and Vizianagaram. The project objectives were:

  • to equip the selected Master Trainers (MTs) with the training and mentoring competencies to ensure the effective delivery of English training courses to primary teachers.

  • to develop the fluency and confidence of spoken English of the MTs to enable them to conduct training programmes in English effectively. 

  • to build a sustainable infrastructure of self-access English materials to support the Continuing Professional Development of teachers.

Key Activities

In the pilot phase, Master Trainers were identified and trained directly by the British Council. This cohort of Master Trainers further trained primary government school teachers across the four districts (Chittoor, Kurnool, West Godavari, and Vizianagaram) of Andhra Pradesh during the first year, 2014 -15.

  • 120 Master Trainers were identified and trained from the four districts (Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Kurnool and West Godavari)

  • the 120 Master trainers cascaded their learning to1250 teachers in Chittoor district who received a five-day teacher training course focussing on developing English communication skills.

  • monitoring and evaluation of impact and project outcomes.


  • 120 Master Trainers attended a 10-day Master Trainer (MT) development programme. The aim was to develop their knowledge and skills to use interactive, learner-centred, activity-based teaching methodologies, and implement them in their teaching. They also learn training and mentoring skills so that they can effectively support other trainers and teachers.
  • 1250 primary school teachers participated in a five-day course, spread out over five weeks of day releases. The aim was to develop their knowledge and skills to use interactive, learner-centred and activity-based teaching methodologies and implement these new techniques in their classrooms.
  • The trained MTs and teachers are better able to reflect on their own performance and evaluate their own teaching sessions and undertaken activities to contribute to their own Continuing Professional Development.