28 April 2017
There has been a dialogue going on between the Andhra Pradesh government and the British council from the past one year. Last year in the month of July, AP government has invited the Council to investigate the situation of English language across some 14 educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh. The council has interacted with 139 teachers and around 700 learners in this program and concluded that that lot of improvement is needed in the English language proficiency and the usage in the educational institutes. Thus, the state government has entered in to an MOU with the British Council which is held on Thursday at Velagapudi. The goal of this program is to launch a pilot project to improve the soft skills of around 1 lakh students from various colleges and universities.
During this occasion, CM Chandrababu said that the state government wants to make AP as the finest knowledge base within the country by strengthening its educational system. Babu asked the British Council to explore all the options to increase the proficiency of the English language among the students. So the council to to provide training to students in areas related to spoken English, communication, confidence building, better employability, resume writing and preparation for interviews, which is in line with the state’s vision to transform it into a knowledge hub by developing an ecosystem that is targeted towards youth development and employability.
This pilot project will have an innovative approach to language learning and assessment, involving flexible, scalable and digital self-access solutions that had been developed, based on an extensive research about the needs of the learners and required parameters of teaching English.
This initiative would also include training of 150 master trainers and 2,500 teachers. For effective implementation of the project, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) and British Council would evolve a coordinated approach in selecting and training 150 highly qualified master trainers to be trained by the representatives who would further train 2,500 teachers selected from across the state.
These 2,500 teachers will next provide face-to-face training to one lakh students across the state who enrolled in Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Institutions. The British council said that they will have full commitment to justify the chief minister’s striving goals and provide their backing to the AP State in order to improve the educational opportunities and interview/ employment skills.