Breaking language barriers


Twenty one young people who have completed their Bachelors or Masters in Education and some who have been teaching English to the primary level were given training for four weeks by tutors from the British Council (BC) — Adele Pennington, Jancis McGrady, Sandy Morris, Sue Magee and Swarnim Gurung as a part of the English for Teaching; Teaching for English programme. It is being conducted by the BC in partnership with the Department of Education, Global Action Nepal and Nepal English Language Teachers Association.

According to Richard Cox, Manager, Training and Examination Services BC, who had visited different regions of the country, it is the low level of English language skills even among the teachers in the villages that led to the initiation of this programme. The 21 teachers who have acquired better English language and teaching methodologies will go to Kailali, Solukhumbu and Baglung, and give 240 primary school teachers 120 hours of training from mid-June to mid-July.

Sharing his experience during the training, Janak Raj Pant said, “We not only improved our language proficiency, but the interactive sessions and feedback from other trainees during the practical sessions was very effective.”

With all that she has learnt from the trainings, Gyanu Dahal is confident and all set to go to the villages and give trainings to the teachers.