Bhadrachalam (Kothagudem): The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Bhadrachalam has grand plans to strengthen English language skills of tribal students in erstwhile Khammam district.
The agency recently started a 40-day long free summer classes to teach English to tribal students who appeared for SSC exams, in 10 schools across Khammam. It is for the first time the agency is running such classes, courtesy the ITDA Project Officer, VP Gautham.
“We generally find that rural students, not just tribal students, lack English language skills, both written and spoken. And this poves costly in terms of academic performance when they go for higher studies after completing SSC,” said the Project Officer.
“That is why the classes are being run to equip the students with spoken English skills so that they can express themselves efficiently in English. There are separate classes for boys and girls with an intake of around 100 students at each centre and audio visual equipment is being used for teaching,” he said.
The students are also taught to play chess to improve memory and are given advanced mathematics tips that help them do well in Intermediate or other studies. In addition, students were encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities such as presenting skits and mono acts in English, Gautham added.
“The students are encouraged to interact with each other in English and asked to teach what they learnt to their fellow students in order to help them overcome stage fear. The students are receptive and grasping well,” he told ‘Telangana Today’.
Gautham said plans were on to introduce spoken English classes from ensuing academic year along with regular studies, as English language communication skills were crucial for one’s career growth.
ITDA officials prior to the launch of spoken English classes conducted special recruitment drive to hire temporary teachers after obtaining permission from the Commissioner of Tribal Welfare.
Academic and Community Mobilising Officer at Project Monitoring and Resource Cell (PMRC) ITDA, Bhadrachalam T Ramanaiah said besides English language training the students were also being trained in yoga and physical exercises to maintain good health.
“The spoken English classes are really beneficial for us. Now, I am confident to speak in English and I hope classes will continue in future as well,” said a jubilant H Bindhu attending the classes at Bhadrachalam.