We have worked in partnership with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) Karnataka and UNICEF on several English language teacher education and development programmes in Karnataka since 2009. These programmes were 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 were involved in this project, either directly or indirectly.
These training programmes were 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 implemented in four phases.