English Proficiency Programme
PELT Closure: Balance Sheet
What was expected from the course.
A systematic scheme
Words: Single vowel patterns; Multiple vowel patterns; Professional instruments of vocabulary building.
Sentences: Simple PPF in active voice; Passive voice and continuous tense; All tenses - mostly in simple sentences; All kinds of sentence and their Analysis.
A representative and suggestive set of material
Any representative topic that has been left out?
Any suggestion that is unclear?
Material and Method rolled together
A 'student' goes out with the seed of a future potential teacher inside.
A 'teacher' attending the course develops a thorough understanding regarding what a student really undergoes.
Starting from the base, targetting the top
Very little background is needed to appreciate the initial lessons.
We consider no text beyond the appreciation of our average student.
Beneficial use of the medium of CLL
In the earlier segments, not in the later (professional) segment.
Scalability for audience of different backgrounds
40 days (2 months) for those who start with a good/reasonable background (A/B).
40 weeks (1 year) for the real clientele of EPP project/mission (B/C/D).
40 months (4 years) for children and those with really poor background (D/E).
Extrapolate and ask whether the same core thread with less or more practice will suit all segments.
The promise of significant improvement starting from any level.
Ask yourself if you have gained significantly over last two months in your command over English or in your thought regarding how English can be taught systematically.
If not, then it is important to figure out why.
How this course should really be delivered.
Conduct an entry-level test. Identify those who can sustain Module (Quarter) 1. Arrange a preparatory "Module Zero" for those who cannot.
Conduct Module 1 over at least ten weeks (may be up to ten months for children), with comprehensive practice sessions. At the end, conduct a test on Module 1. Advise those who fail this test to make-up on Module 1 or repeat it, before joining Module 2.
Exercise similar checks after Modules 2 and 3.
Intersperse material of Module 4 with items of teaching methodology. Ask Module 4 students to execute teaching assignments. Include this performance in the overall evaluation of Module 4.
Throughout the four modules, arrange a number of speaking and discussion sessions.
Towards the end of Module 4, encourage the students on creative writing, and get them to comment upon one another's work at a professional level (peer review).
Besides, with humility, we admit that the experience of last two months has been overwhelming to us.
- Bhaskar Dasgupta