Developing teachers’ English proficiency and learner-centred teaching skills

British Council in collaboration with Raman Kant Munjal (RKM) Foundation aims to develop confidence and proficiency in the English language, to provide training in learner-centred approaches and techniques, and to hone the 21st-century skills of 250 primary teachers in Haryana government primary schools, in low-income private schools in Haryana, Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir and the RKM Foundation’s Asha project.

The project includes an intensive English programme delivered using the English for Teaching (EfT) series and a professional development programme based on the Teaching for Success (TfS) model, to help teachers learn and consolidate new skills and knowledge. Mentoring and communities of practice will enable teachers to put their learning into practice in the classroom.  A 4-day Core Skills training will provide an in-depth understanding of 21st century skills and inform teachers on empowering students with these essential skills for the future.

Project objectives

The main objectives of the proposed project are: 

  • to develop confidence and proficiency in the English language of 250 primary teachers in Haryana government primary schools, in low-income private schools in Haryana, Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir and the RKM Foundation’s Asha project. 
  • to develop the skills of the primary teachers in learner-centred approaches and techniques to enable them, in turn, to develop English language and 21st-century skills in their learners. 
  • to establish and build online/mobile based communities of practice where primary teachers across the four educational contexts can discuss, reflect and work collaboratively to plan, design and deliver high quality, impactful lessons based on their learners’ needs. 
  • to establish Teacher Activity Groups (TAGs) to support the continuing professional development of teachers’ classroom practice and update their English skills during face-to-face trainings 
  • to make a range of resources and activities available to the teachers and build their awareness of the benefits of CPD to boost their skills, knowledge and classroom practice. This includes giving the teachers opportunities to develop their English language proficiency through self-access resources and development of their autonomy as lifelong learners

Project reach

250 teachers trained over three phases in English language confidence and proficiency; learner-centred approaches and techniques; and 21st-century skills.

Key activities

Phase Activity  Provisional dates 
Phase 1 Intensive English programme (30 hours)
Set up a digital community of practice 
November 2019 onwards
Phase 2

Teaching for Success

(40 hours learner centered pedagogy)
TAG establishment

January 2020 – February 2020 
Phase 3 Core Skills training  February 2020 onwards