Use of technology for teaching English language

The Opportunity

Aspiring Minds’National Employability Report reported that nearly 47% of Indian graduates in 2013 were unemployable in any sector given their lack of English language and cognitive skills. The gap in language skills starts at an early age for a majority of learners.  The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2014 (Rural) found that only 25% of children enrolled in Class 5 could read simple English sentences. Of those students, less than two thirds could explain the meaning of the sentences.

The Model

Started in 2006, LeapForWord (LFW) builds competency in English as a way to increase employability and access to higher education. LFW has developed modular courses in English Language Learning, which allow for easy adoption and execution. LFW uses these courses to train local youth to start English language tuition centres and to train government and affordable private school teachers to improve their English. The teacher training programme, which includes workshops and ongoing support to teachers, has been piloted at Nareshwadi Learning Centre and Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation. LFW is also working to develop a mobile based application and learning management system platform to support the scale-up of the model.

In addition, LFW hosts a Word Power Championship to build a nationwide platform where students from regional language schools across the country can participate in an English language competition.

Potential for Systemic Impact

Through its programmes, LFW is helping create evidence for a modular approach to teaching English, a blended model of teacher training, and english language teaching methods that rely on the student’s mother tongue.