Use headphones to develop skills in English among students: SCERT

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 24

The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in a circular to principals of as many as 2,706 government schools with e-library has asked to use headphones for students with which they can increase their skills in the English language. Notably, headphones have been provided in schools where e-libraries have been set up. The circular reads that audio clips could be downloaded on the computer and they could listen to the clips and learn English accent and pronunciation properly. It is being reiterated that spoken English can help in increasing enrolment at the government schools, which is why several schools have also adopted the English medium.

Recently, the department had also stated in a meeting held with school heads, teachers and other stakeholders within the department, including the parents, that a need was felt that the learning level of the students needs to be improved substantially.

Ways to improve language

Earlier also, the Education Department, in a circular issued to the principals of the state had asked the school heads to make sure that the students should speak English fluently. “The department has organised specific training programmes in this regard. During these meetings and sessions, other suggestions were accorded, particularly on spoken English,” the circular had stated.

“Morning assemblies may be used as an occasion to speak the language. Students should be asked to prepare one or two minute speech on any topic which will make them comfortable in speaking English,” it reads.

It also stated that some sentences could be used to make the students familiar with the language, adding that picture description, role plays, poem recitation should be the part of the English curriculum. To encourage the students, the school heads have been asked that in every class a student could be identified as a ‘Star of the Week’ based on some criteria.

These activities can be conducted in rotation and must be shared on a WhatsApp group to motivate other schools. To enhance the vocabulary, students could be asked to make a list of words. The teachers should conduct activities mentioned in English manuals.

An English animated series have been telecast by the department to encourage students to interact in the language. The teacher should be present along with the students during the telecast.

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