US Consulate General: Consulate Course for English Teachers | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: Twenty English teachers from schools in West Bengal completed their final Phase II training class – part of a three-phase program – hosted by the US Consulate General in Kolkata on Friday, in one of its first partnerships with West Bengal School Department.
The program, TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP), is designed to update teaching skills and support professional development in the education sector. Participants came from different districts of Bengal for the two-week workshop at the American Center. Director of the American Center, James Moore, said, “Participants will learn cutting-edge, research-driven teaching strategies. Upon graduation, they will be better equipped to guide fellow teachers in creating student-centered critical thinking classes. »
US English teacher Lisa Mann, who led the workshop, commented on her experience working with the first group of English teachers appointed by the Department of Secondary Education. “It was wonderful to work with them. They were so enthusiastic and engaged in our sessions. They were eager to adopt and implement the strategies they learned with us. Speaking of his previous experience participating in this program, Mann added, “I conducted this program in Uzbekistan and found a cascading effect there. The teachers spread the ideas we talked about to other teachers in their neighborhood. The government teachers we have engaged with have had a tremendous impact on their community as they have supported the professional development of teachers in their state.
A participating teacher said, “The group projects helped improve our communication skills. We learned to implement a total physical response, that is, to engage in non-verbal gestures to improve learning outcomes. We learned classroom management techniques and a multimedia approach to teaching.
Chandrima Sarkar of Bethune Collegiate School added, “Our students rely heavily on mother tongue intervention to learn English. We want to reduce the formality in learning English so that students are motivated to speak in English.
On Saturday, teachers will receive their certificates for the first two phases of the course before moving on to the practical phase.
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