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Teachers should talk in English
August 30, 2008


THE students are talented but there is need for good infrastructure at educational institutes to bring out the hidden talent in them and to make them capable of achieving their goals in life.


Oxford University students made this observation after interacting with the students and the teachers of Khasla College and Standard Public High School at Dhulka village, Amritsar. They were in the city under the United Sikhs Oxford University Tavel Aid English Language Teaching Programme.


Manupriya said she found students little hesitant to converse in English. The government should introduce more exchange programmes so that the students can be trained in spoken English, besides acquainting themselves with cultural knowledge of the UK and other Western countries, she said.


Jaswinder Kaur, a pharmacist, said teachers should interact with students in English so that they could speak the language fluently. Visits to other countries by these students would definitely help them improve their English, she added.


Venessa from the USA, who is studying at Oxford University under the exchange programme, said their group tried to engage the students in open dialogue and posed many questions. She said the students here had lot of potential but due to lack of proper infrastructure, they were finding it difficult to make best use of it. She said regular exchange programmes would surely help bridge those gaps and make the students self-confident.


Richard from London said initially they found it difficult to interact with the students, but were able to convey their message with the movements of their hands. He said he was amazed to see that the teachers here never appreciated for the good work done by the students and reprimanded them on small mistakes. He said there was need for changing this attitude. He was very much impressed with the architectural marvel of the Khalsa College building, for it resembled with Keble College of London.


Emma, a student of medicine, said she was impressed with the students because they were more disciplined and gave more respect to their teachers. She said they were also wary of the world around them and were ambitious, too.


The programme coordinator, Tejinder Pal, said the Oxford students were also learning yoga and meditation. When she told them that they would not be able to learn complete yoga techniques during such a short span, Venessa expressed her wish to extend her stay in India for completing the course. — Sanjay Bumbroo


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