Saturday, June 26, 2010


Parents nowadays want to give quality education to their children. They have some notions about quality, which may be debatable. But they want their children to become competent in English and it is not debatable, it is their dream. To fulfill this dream parents try tuitions, they run after English medium school’s advertisements and try what ever that’s available in the market. Yet the results are more or less the same.

SSA is planning to launch an innovative programme to improve the quality of transacting English in the class rooms. SSA has positive evidence collected from Alappuzha District where such a programme was launched, to make a claim that it is possible to attract general public to general schools, stopping dropouts and increasing enrollment. One day orientation training to teachers and trainers from all panchayats in the district was conducted at Chemists Bhavan, Malappuram.

SSA Programme officer Sri.Ratnakaran briefed the participants about the scope and aims of the programme. Then Dr. KN Anandan, consultant to SSA gave a brief account of the innovative programmes undertaken by SSA to improve the quality of teaching English in the class rooms. He invited Sri Viswambaran, Programme Officer,Alappuzha, to share his experience of co-ordinating an exclusive project for English in Alappuzha District.


Sri. Viswambaran described in detail the project named HEART, which brought back children to general schools from un- aided sector. This was done through a team work of teachers, trainers, educational officers, teacher union representatives, members of local bodies, and dignitaries from different walks of life. Alappuzha Model can be adapted in all districts.

The Plan
Dr. Anandan, consultant to SSA gave a broad picture of things to be done. This include formation of a district core-team, preparation of a tool for base line study, preparation of a TM for try out, intensive training, orientation of RPs etc.

The Calander.
The participants assembled in BRC wise groups and prepared a calendar of activities. They completed the task before noon. In the after noon all the groups presented their calendar.

In the after noon Dr. Anandan led a session to address frequently asked questions {FAQ).

Participants shared with him the doubts they had while handling lessons in the class room. They also shared their dreams of a bright tomorrow.

The session ended at 5 PM.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

World Cup Football- Netting an academic goal!

Concept &Text by K.N.Sukhadan

Media around the world have raised the ball of interest to the skies. People are celebrating the “festival” raising flags and flex boards in favor of teams contesting in every nook and corner even in the remote villages of Kerala. We have to set clever traps for children and exploit their interest in the game. The following are some crude suggestions. Please go through it and refine it.
1. Giving a speech in assembly deliberately in English.
Dear children, world cup foot ball match begins on ……… Which are the teams? Can you name them? ( Elicit names) Who are the main players? ( Elicit names) Who is your favorite player (Give options?) I am a fan of Argentina. Sreekala is a fan of Brazil.( ask and elicit answers) Your teacher will say more about it at your class.
2. Class teachers show some maps /flags. Children identify them. They say the name of the country. Let them write the name on BB or let them select the name from a list.
3. Form groups based on the countries contesting.
4. Groups may collect the pictures of the players from news papers.
5. Debate
6. Brief talk on the players.
7. Preparing profile of the players
8. Making slogans and posters.
9. Class and school wise quiz programmers.
10. Predicting the next days news paper head.( On important events)
11. Watching the video of last day’s play and giving running commentary.
12. Predicting the result of plays every day. Prize distribution for accurate prediction.
13. Display of important players (Today’s Hero) on the notice board by different groups.
14. Organizing a ceremony to congratulate winners
15. Publication of wall magazine