The British Council and Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) are working together on a four-year project aiming to develop the spoken English communication skills of two million learners per year from all  government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools across the state. The vision of the project is that by 2022, English language teaching and learning at secondary level will be of sufficient quality to enable improved life opportunities for learners.

Objectives

  • Two million Class 9 to Class 12 learners in Madhya Pradesh government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools per year will experience high quality English language teaching and have access to opportunities to develop and practise the English skills necessary for employment and future opportunities. They will participate actively in regular spoken English classes within the school timetable, aligned to the MPBSE General English syllabus, using a British Council spoken English communication skills course
  • Three thousand teachers of English from all government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools across the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh will use English more confidently in the classroom. They will use more learning-centred approaches with both their textbooks and a customised British Council spoken English communications skills course, which they will use to teach Class 9 to 12 learners as a parallel track within the curriculum teachers will take greater responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD), have increased access to high quality self-access digital and print CPD resources, participate in monthly block-level Teacher Activity Group meetings, and interact in digital communities of practice
  • A cadre of 204 master trainers will deliver effective teacher training courses, facilitate classroom mentoring and facilitate monthly block-level Teacher Activity Groups
  • MPBSE will have improved capacity to implement and sustain successful in-service English language teacher development programmes at High School and Higher Secondary level, effectively utilising the skills of the master trainers to lead these initiatives, and the network of block-level Teacher Activity Groups. 

 

Key activities

  • The British Council have selected and will train 204 master trainers (12 days per year) to develop their training skills, familiarity with training materials and the British Council spoken English communication skills course for secondary learners
  • Master trainers will train teachers (10 days per year) to develop their use of learning-centred approaches, techniques and activities in conjunction with the Madhya Pradesh Secondary textbook and the British Council spoken English communication skills course for secondary learners
  • From Year 2, to increase and maintain participants’ motivation, teachers and master trainers will have an opportunity to do a British Council short online course on the FutureLearn platform with a skilled e-moderator, dedicated exclusively for Madhya Pradesh participants offering personalised support, a dedicated discussion forum for teachers of English to discuss their local needs and seek pedagogical support. 
  • Class 9 to Class 12 learners from Madhya Pradesh government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools experience a 60-hour British Council spoken English communication skills course, delivered by their English teacher in parallel with the Madhya Pradesh English subject curriculum. The course will build learners’ general English spoken communication skills, with a focus on specific life skills relevant to their further education and/or employability
  • Establishing monthly block-level Teacher Activity Group meetings (from Year 2), in which teachers meet their master trainer to discuss classroom successes and challenges, develop their English skills and share Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities 
  • Project orientations for parents, school principals and education officials, so that they understand the objectives of the project, its benefits for learners and teachers, and how they can support it
  • Capacity building workshops for MPBSE to support them in planning and implementing teacher education projects
  • Monitoring and evaluation of all project-related activities, to give teachers and master trainers developmental support, gather qualitative and quantitative data to understand impact, and identify lessons and emerging needs in order to refine project delivery. 

Impact

Thus far on the project,

  • a cadre of 204 master trainers has been created across 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh. These master trainers have in turn reached out to close to 3000 English teachers of secondary schools in the state  
  • two shows were broadcast on Doordarshan Madhya Pradesh in September 2019 and July 2020 which had a reach of 3.1million viewers. The show in September 2019 was a live phone-in which answered the queries from parents and teachers about learning and teaching of English in schools. The show aired in July 2020 was themed around online teaching to further support teachers in the state during the COVID19 pandemic. 

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