MI Monday | Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Welcome to MI Monday I Week 5.
Increasing globalization has necessitated the learning of English for everyone. However, learning and teaching English in Indian schools remains a challenge for both children and teachers. This is due to several reasons such as lack of English learning support in school and at home, pausity of good English teaching and learning resources, excessive class strength, shortage of competent English teachers and many more. In most schools in India, oral work is ignored, and the students do not get any opportunity to hear or speak the language. Compositions are dictated by teachers, the text book is translated and the focus is on passing the exams through the magic wand of cramming.
Today’s STIR micro-innovation focuses on ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ – a potential way to improve English standards in Indian schools.
Dr. Indira has noticed that the approach to the teaching of English in Indian schools is often focused at an inappropriately high level and does not recognise that the majority of children are learning English as a foreign language.
To overcome this problem, Dr. Indira has developed an approach to teaching English based on teaching English as a foreign language methods that are then tailored for young children. She uses newspaper articles to provide learning hooks and to help children visualise concepts. There is a particular focus on helping students to speak English confidently.
This micro-innovation recognises that children learn more effectively when material is presented to them at the appropriate level and in a manner that allows them to engage with it in several different ways.
Potential implementation challenges
This micro-innovation relies on teachers having the confidence and creativity to move away from traditional approaches to teaching English and will require training for teachers in teaching English as a foreign language techniques.
Impact so far (according to teacher)
Dr. Indira says that her students now understand concepts more easily and that their conversational skills are improving.
Download implementation guide for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language‘. Give it a go, and let us know if this micro-innovation works for kids in your classroom!