British Council’s State Partnership with Karnataka
British Council’s State Partnership with Karnataka

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Karnataka, the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) Karnataka, UNICEF and the British Council have worked together in partnership on a number of English Language Teacher Education and Development Programmes in Karnataka since 2009.

These programmes have been designed and delivered to increase teacher confidence when using English in the classroom, to introduce learner-centred methodologies and to support the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 and the implementation of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). All teachers and learners from Standards 1 – 8 across the state have been involved in this project, directly or indirectly. 

These training programmes have been successful in helping participants review and refresh their teaching skills and techniques and develop their proficiency and confidence in using English. Participants were positive and confident about using the new skills in their classrooms.

Initiated across the state in 2010, these programmes were rolled out in four phases.

Phase I (2010–11)

Design and delivery of a 20-day Master Trainer and teacher training course for teachers of Standards 5–8. 

  • 750 Master Trainers were selected and trained face-to-face to increase their confidence when using English in the classroom and introduce learner-centred methodologies.
  • These Master Trainers in turn trained 10,000 teachers in three phases using the training modules prepared by the British Council and reviewed by DSERT. 

Phase II (2011–12)

Delivery of a five-day ‘English for the English Classroom’ module comprising key sessions from the original 20-day teacher training course for teachers of Standards 1–8. 

  • 240 of the original Master Trainers were identified and trained face-to-face to conduct this module for a further batch of resource persons identified by the state.
  • They in turn cascaded this module to 1.71 lakh teachers of Standards 1–8 across the state.

Phase III (2012–13)

This phase further strengthened the skills and knowledge of the cohort of Master Trainers across the state with a second five-day programme, ‘Using English in the English Classroom’.

  • Delivered face-to-face to 624 Master Trainers and
  • Cascaded to 1.62 lakh teachers of Standards 1–8 in Karnataka.

Phase IV (2013–14)

Phase IV of KELTEP was delivered in two stages. In stage one, pool of Master Trainers was increased from 700 to 1200. In stage two, the British Council provided face-to-face training to these trainers who have then provided direct in-service training on ‘Writing Skills Development’ to 1,79,393 school teachers impacting on the learning outcomes of students in elementary government schools across the state,

This project aimed to:

  • develop teachers' skills and knowledge in how to use interactive and activity-based teaching methodologies in their own classrooms
  • gain more confidence in these teachers' own ability to communicate effectively in English, especially in the classroom and training room
  • develop key trainer training techniques and skills of Master Trainers so that they can more effectively deliver training to teachers at block level
  • develop mentoring skills so that Master Trainers can more effectively support other teachers at school level
  • improve skills in reflecting on one's own performance and evaluating their own teaching/training sessions
  • develop strategies to take responsibility for one's own professional development

The teacher training programme aimed to help the teachers to teach learners the mechanics of writing, sentence and paragraph writing, writing process, and to provide positive and constructive feedback to learners on their writing skills.

Some of the CPD activities encouraged during KELTEP were co-planning, peer support, peer observation, reading tasks and action research projects.

 

What the stakeholders say

'I never thought there was a structured way to teach handwriting. It doesn’t matter if it is cursive or italics, we can teach handwriting well now!'

'I feel confident about using writing activities in class. I am sure I will have students who can write independently.'

'After this course, I realise that writing for communication has a different focus. I will be able to correct learners differently  with that focus in mind now.' 

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