English Medium Development

March 11, 2015

The currently School provides classes taught in English Medium from kindergarten up to Class 7. Each year the expansion of English Medium continues by a class further than in the previous academic year.

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In September 2012, Dr. Pauline Dixon of Newcastle University led a team to Tuni to train the teachers to deliver the ‘Jolly Phonics’ Programme to children in classes 1-4. The aim is to enable children to read and spell phonetically in English. Lessons are taught in an interactive way, very different from how most subjects are taught in India. The teachers loved the course and their enthusiasm continued into the classroom.

Continous assessment was carried out throughout the academic year and the improvement was very significant. Even more importantly, children involved were running into lessons, laughing and smiling, and at night many would sit with their vocabulary jotters desperate to be given words to practice. This coming year a class of children is continuing with a reading and writing programme, while the three youngest classes will learn the 42 initial sounds.

Over a three year period 150 children will benefit from the Synthetic Phonics Programme. To have a working knowledge of English is essential in modern India and this programme is an important step in this process.

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