Tuesday, July 31, 2012

State students lack spoken english skills......

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KOCHI: Though English is taught from Class I, students of state board schools lack communication skills in the universal language. Realizing this, the state, has now decided to hone spoken English skills of pupils. Chief minister Oommen Chandy called a meeting of education department officials this month, to work out methods to enhance the English speaking skills of students.

"Our students are good in written English but they are poor in spoken English. Improving the skill of teachers will change this situation," said director of public instruction A Shahjahan.

State government has sought the help of British Council to improve the spoken English of school teachers in Thalassery and Kannur. The pilot project will be extended to other areas later.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) authorities are in the process of developing programs to improve teachers spoken English.

"English is treated only as subject to be taught in classroom and not as communication tool by teachers. With the medium of instruction in state syllabus schools being Malayalam, students have little exposure to spoken English," said SCERT director K A Hashim.

To change this, SCERT has now brought out an interactive DVD to enhance communicative skills of primary school teachers. The Dvd emphasizes on pronunciation, sentence construction, vowels and consonants.

"We have identified the core problem areas. Presently, teachers are concentrating on pedagogy and not vocabulary. English listening situations in school is limited as communication is in Malayalam. Also there is no comprehensive emphasis on developing the reading and speaking skills of the students," said SSA state consultant for English KR Gopinathan.

 Preetu Venugopalan Nair,TOI, July 30, 2012


  1. Long ago blind men went near an elephant,, and their comments found place in stories,silly talks, idioms and even in serious discussions. Now the SCERT, SSA, higher officials of education and the government are commenting on the ' elephant English". They are not blind but are blind folded.

    The consultant's comment is ridiculous.What does he mean! Can somebody explain?

  2. Great authorities please come and see what's happening on ground(Primary class room).I think they don't have oil in their

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