“The programme, is part of a range of English-language programmes that the US Mission to India brings forth while partnering with Indian education administrators and teachers,” says Ariel Pollock, US Embassy spokesperson while talking to Education Times. He adds, “The TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) Core Certificate Program (TCCP) provides a scalable foundation in the theory and practice of teaching English both for English teachers themselves and teacher-trainers.”
The participants claimed the course improved their teaching practices, made them confident and led to more interactive classroom experiences, says Pollock.
The latest iteration which began in January will see 50 English trainers (teachers of how to teach English) participating in the 140-hour TCCP. “A second programme, designed for those who have already completed this foundational course, launches April 2021,” Pollock adds.
Meenu Gupta, TGT English, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Shalimar Bagh, and mentor teacher with the Directorate of Education, New Delhi, is one among the 50 teachers who will be trained in the current session. “English is a second language among Indian learners, hence the pedagogy through which it can be delivered varies. In government schools, where many students are first-generation school-goers, English is imbibed mostly in schools unlike their native tongue which is picked up at home. In such a scenario, it is important to create the right resource-rich environment in schools to help them learn English without compromising on the quality of education.” Better trained teachers, according to her, will help government school students explore non-conventional career avenues rather than pre-defined ones.