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A pilot programme has been conceived by the Gujarat State Tribal Development Department and UNNATI to enhance the English language proficiency of Std. VIII students of tribal areas covering 15 districts of the state. The satellite based programme seeks to provide additional inputs to students for reducing their inhibitions and fear of learning the language and reinforcing their English language skills. It indirectly supports the English teachers to enhance their classroom teaching practices through exposure to child friendly pedagogy. More than 8000 students from 173 schools are covered under the programme.

Based on a need assessment and dialogue with eminent educationists (Dr. Rajendrasinh Jadeja, Director, H. M. Patel Institute of English, Dr. Ranganayaki Srinivas, ex- faculty H. M. Patel Institute of English, Prof. Jacob Tharu, Retd. Professor CIEFL, Ms. Anju Musafir, Director MGIS and Dr. Indira Nityanandam, S. R. Mehta Arts College), decisions regarding the programme approach, process and pedagogy were taken. The learning package developed (audio-visual sessions and accompanying workbooks) consists of a Bridge course of 26 sessions based on the language competencies of standards V-VII and 48 sessions that are based on the language competencies covered in the standard VIII textbook. This course will enable the students to effectively comprehend their curriculum and enhance their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. In the first year of the programme, the Bridge course was telecast over a period of three months (Jan-Mar 2010) and the entire course comprising 74 sessions was telecast during August 2010- March 2011 from Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Application and Geoinformatics (BISAG), Gandhinagar. In the thrice a week, one hour relay, after each session, students and teachers speak to the teacher in the studio and practice speaking, share their feedback and seek clarifications through the 2-way audio interaction.

The English teachers of the participating schools have been provided an orientation to the components and pedagogy of the programme to equip them to facilitate the sessions in their classroom and assist students in their workbook practice.

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