US Consulate in Kolkata Organizes English Training for 20 Bengal Government Teachers

US Consulate in Kolkata Organizes English Training for 20 Bengal Government Teachers

Kolkata, Apr 29 (UNI) Twenty English teachers from different government schools in West Bengal participated in the TESOL Basic Certificate Program (TCCP) organized by the US Consulate General in Kolkata and offered by the States Embassy United in New Delhi in partnership with TESOL International, the leading organization in the field of English teaching. Participants gathered at the American Center Kolkata for the two-week in-person training workshop, led by TESOL trainers from the United States, Lisa Mann and Wendy Colson, according to a press release here on Friday. The 20 teachers are employed in public and government-subsidized schools in eight districts of West Bengal. The in-person training allowed teachers to participate in fun classroom activities and learning techniques including arts and crafts, music and sketching – tools for teachers to use English to enable students to access higher education, improve employment opportunities and realize their dreams. . On the final day, April 30, the American Center’s Deputy Director, James Moore, will present the certificates of participation to the teachers during a closing ceremony. This is the first time that the US Consulate in Kolkata has worked directly with the West Bengal Education Department on a training program to engage teachers who can share learnings with their peers and implement best practices in their classrooms. . The teachers represent some of the most remote districts in the state and some travel daily from as far away as Kalna, Midnapore, Murshidabad, Sagar Islands and Birbhum. James Moore said: “The TESOL Foundation Certificate Program is an intensive 140 hour training program for teachers of English. Program participants will learn cutting-edge, research-based teaching strategies. Upon graduation, they will be better equipped to guide fellow teachers in creating student-centered critical thinking classrooms that provide students with the English language fluency and 21st century skills envisioned by the National Education Policy. education of India. Through these courses, the US Embassy in India and the US Consulate in Kolkata aim to support state governments in the professional development of a cohort of K-12 teachers who, in turn, can support the professional development of teachers in their state. This model has worked very successfully with the National Capital Territory Government of New Delhi, which now has a cohort of approximately 200 mentor teachers supporting 10,000 English teachers, who in turn are improving the English capacity of 2.2 million Delhi students. The U.S. government funds English teacher training, language proficiency, and professional development programs through the regional English language offices of U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. UNI SJC BM