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Tamil Nadu News Papers - Education - TNIUS Coimbatore

Activity cards in more languages now

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The Hindu              24.06.2013

Activity cards in more languages now

The Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu cards will help teachers use the Activity-based learning methodology in schools across the State —Photo: R. Ravindran
The Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu cards will help teachers use the Activity-based learning methodology in schools across the State —Photo: R. Ravindran

Friday afternoon was activity time at the first-floor classroom of a Chennai Corporation Telugu-medium school on V.K. Pillai Street. Students from classes I-IV huddled in groups and got busy with their activity-based learning (ABL) cards. Only, the cards were not in their medium of instruction.

To deal with this gap, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) officials have now translated such cards from Tamil into four languages for students in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu-medium government schools across the State. According to a senior official, the translation has been completed and the cards will soon be distributed.

Activity-based Learning, a teaching methodology that is employed in classes I-IV in government schools, looks at making classrooms more participatory, and gives room for children to complete activities based on various subjects at their own pace. Under the methodology, a child reaches a milestone in the subject as she completes a range of activities through ABL cards.

Since cards in other languages were not available so far, teachers used charts and various teaching aids to follow the ABL method, an SSA official said.

Teachers such as K. Shyamala Kumari, who handles primary classes at the school on V.K. Pillai Street, are looking forward to the translated cards. While the classroom has ABL cards in English (Corporation schools have cards in Tamil and English), Ms. Shyamala largely uses charts and teaching aids as well as some Telugu cards sourced from Andhra Pradesh. “I have also made flash cards based on the syllabus to teach the students,” she said.

According to an SSA official, most of the work on Urdu cards is being done in Vellore district. The Malayalam cards are being made in Kanyakumari district, Telugu cards in Tiruvallur district and Kannada cards in Krishnagiri and Erode districts.

The ABL methodology was introduced towards the end of 2002, and in January 2003, it was started on a pilot basis in 13 Chennai Corporation schools. By 2007-08, it was implemented in 37,486 schools across the State.

There are 310 Urdu-medium schools, 394 Telugu-medium schools, 76 Malayalam-medium and 74 Kannada-medium schools in Tamil Nadu.

Cards used in novel teaching method have been translated from Tamil to four other languages to meet the needs of govt. schools.

 

English language workshop for Corporation school teachers

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The New Indian Express               19.06.2013

English language workshop for Corporation school teachers

The workshop will focus on vocabulary, speaking, planning lessons and objectives. | EPS
The workshop will focus on vocabulary, speaking, planning lessons and objectives. | EPS

The US Consulate General, Chennai, in association with the Corporation of Chennai, has started a four-day Communicative English Language Teaching Methods workshop for 60 Chennai Corporation School teachers.

The course, which began from Monday, will see Senior English Language Fellow Michelle Stabler-Havener, who works at the Regional Institute of English in Bangalore, conducting workshops for teachers who handle classes from grade three to nine.

“I am delighted that the Chennai Corporation has taken the initiative to empower its teachers with new skills to teach the next generation of young students from Tamil Nadu. There are many new and innovative communication technologies which are vastly different from the old paradigm of teaching and learning, and this has made a tremendous impact in the classroom,” US Consulate General, Chennai Acting Consul General Nicholas Manring said.

“The new methods of instruction aim to move a generation of teachers and students into the 21st century. These methods will help teachers to move away from rote teaching to interactive methods geared toward improving learning outcomes at schools,” Manring added. 

The workshop will focus on vocabulary, speaking, planning lessons and objectives. The 30 participants of the workshop on June 17 and June 18 will include teachers who handle grades three to five and the other 30 participants on June 19 and June 20 will include teachers who handle grades six to nine.

 

320 Corporation school students given education loan

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The Hindu                 24.05.2013

320 Corporation school students given education loan

Mayor S.M. Velusamy (right) handing over cash prize to R. Indumathy, a topper in Plus Two examinations among the Coimbatore Corporation School students, at a function organised by Canara Bank in Coimbatore on Thursday. District Collector M. Karunagaran (second right), Corporation Commissioner G. Latha (third right), Canara Bank General Manager for Coimbatore Circle U. Ramesh Kumar (fourth right) and district lead bank managerJ. Vanangamudi (left) are in the picture. —Photo: M. Periasamy
Mayor S.M. Velusamy (right) handing over cash prize to R. Indumathy, a topper in Plus Two examinations among the Coimbatore Corporation School students, at a function organised by Canara Bank in Coimbatore on Thursday. District Collector M. Karunagaran (second right), Corporation Commissioner G. Latha (third right), Canara Bank General Manager for Coimbatore Circle U. Ramesh Kumar (fourth right) and district lead bank managerJ. Vanangamudi (left) are in the picture. —Photo: M. Periasamy

A total of 320 Corporation school students who had completed Standard XII were given provisional sanction letters for education loan on Thursday to enable them pursue higher education.

Honoured

The Corporation schools’ toppers in the board exanimations were also honoured at a function.

Addressing the function, Collector M. Karunagaran said that the quantum of education loans being given in the district had more than doubled from 2010-11 to 2012-13.

Dispelling the notion that education loans were only for students applying for certain colleges, he said that even those taking management quota or going to self-financing colleges could apply.

Mayor S.M. Velusamy said that the Corporation was planning to recognise teachers who produce excellent academic results. The infrastructure of Corporation schools were being upgraded and brought on a par with the best of private schools. School students were being given many incentives ranging from slippers and bicycles to laptops to create the next generation of leaders for the country, he added.

Corporation Commissioner G. Latha said that the initiative was intended to make hassle-free the process of obtaining education loans. Students, however, also had the responsibility of repaying the loans so that the future generation of students would also get such help.

Example

U. Ramesh Kumar, Canara Bank, General Manager, Coimbatore Circle, said that this exercise was an example of the bank’s commitment to students’ education. Canara Bank is the lead bank for Coimbatore district and was providing the loans to all these students.

J. Vanangamudi, district lead bank manager, said that the provisional sanction letters would enable the students get education loans once they obtain admissions.

A month before the Plus Two board examinations, a meeting of Corporation school headmasters was held in which they were asked to bring their top 10 students for education loans, he added.

 


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