Networking of English teachers

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The British Council is keenly pursuing different methods to network English teachers in the country from the primary school level to university level to promote English and teaching skills.

It is extending financial support and technical and academic expertise to the English Language Teachers Association of India (ELTAI) to open chapters at various places in the country.

The president of the association, S. Rajagopalan, said on Saturday that the British Council had come forward to give grants for the networking of the teachers and that the association was involved in the expansion involving teachers at all levels.

He said Alison Sriparam, director of English Language Teaching Projects at the British Council in New Delhi, was involved with the association in forming an extensive network of teachers covering all States.

The Madurai chapter of the association was constituted on the sidelines of the fifth regional conference of English teachers hosted by the Kendriya Vidyalaya here on October 21 and 22.

According to Dr. Rajagopalan, the association's membership now stood at around 2,200 and would go up as more chapters come up.

The British Council's only condition for giving financial grants was that more regions be covered.

It would also support six workshops in Chennai February next.

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