Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs David H. Kennedy jointly launched English teaching program for 700 Pre -service teachers from nine all women colleges of Delhi in the presence of senior officials of Education department of Delhi Govt. and dignitaries from US Embassy.
The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi which has been running virtual teacher training courses successfully for Delhi government school educators, is the host of this pre-service teachers.
The program will have online courses on Teaching English for 21st Century and Content-Language Integrated Learning Skills. Twenty U.S. Department of State-funded Virtual English Language Fellows will lead the ten-week online courses until April 12, 2021.
Minister Counselor for Public Affairs David H. Kennedy acknowledged long association of US Embassy with Delhi Government and appreciated the efforts taken by Deputy CM in ensuring that teachers in Delhi learn from the best.
The courses are designed to address some of the objectives outlined in India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) and will help teachers teach English as well as teach in English. The courses will promote reflective and learner-centered pedagogy as mandated in the NEP, and will enhance teachers’ abilities to support the development of students’ English language proficiency in all subject areas, as well as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and other 21st Century skills. This new initiative will also incorporate hands-on experience with new classroom technologies, supporting teachers in addressing some of the pandemic-related challenges they currently face. Graduates will use the skills they learn in the program to benefit tens of thousands of students over the course of their careers.
Regional English Language Office of US Embassy has trained around 800 teachers from Delhi government schools since 2017. They have worked on creating a pool of master trainers who have subsequently trained primary and secondary school teachers on innovative English teaching in classrooms.