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Developing spoken English skills

Staff Reporter

RIESI is funded by Governments in four southern States

KANNUR: The director of Bangalore-based Regional Institute of English South India (RIESI), Gayatri Devi Dutt, has said that the RIESI caters to the growing demand for communicative English programmes for different segments, including IT professionals, for English is seen as essential for vertical mobility.

At the inauguration of `Eloquence,' a franchisee of the RIESI's short-term spoken English course started by Tharammal Academy here on Saturday evening, Ms. Dutt said the English basic training course being offered by the RIESI had initiated programmes to develop spoken English skills.

A separate programme for enhancing spoken English capacity among school students was also being initiated by the RIESI, she said.

The RIESI, funded by the Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Governments, started 40 years ago with the objective of offering in-service training to teachers teaching English in schools in the four States. It had now taken up the responsibility of training the trainers, she said, adding that 50 per cent of the RIESI's infrastructure was being utilised for teacher training.

It had five wings comprising training, publication of learning/training support materials, research, media integration and English for specific purposes, she added.

The RIESI had recently conducted a survey covering 16,000 classrooms, Ms. Dutt said. It planned an English teaching curriculum for schools based on the findings of the survey.

Despite the shift from teacher-centred teaching to learner-centred teaching, classroom transactions as far as English language teaching was concerned had not changed, she said. Writing practice in classrooms also did not focus on students' creativity, she said.

The communicative approach adopted by the RIESI in its 100-hour course had received encouraging feedback, Ms. Dutt said.

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