Gujarat has been using the English reading and comprehension tool consistently for two years. Classes are held regularly and schools echo with the sound of children reading with ReadToMe™ (RTM). Te…
Gujarat has been using the English reading and comprehension tool consistently for two years. Classes are held regularly and schools echo with the sound of children reading with ReadToMe™ (RTM). Teachers and students do not like to miss a RTM class. I attended a school that was even taking class while an inter-school sports day was going on outside!
In Gujarati medium schools, English is first taught in class 5. By class 6, the students are expected to read long paragraphs as well as write lengthy exams. Almost every child has to resort to extra tuition and coaching to keep up. This is prior to when ReadToMe™ was introduced in the classroom.
The teachers use the tools to provide in depth explanations, line by line. They focus on building extensive comprehension abilities of their students and all the teachers have remarked on the improvement they have seen. The teachers are especially thankful for the slow speeds (the software enables teachers to adjust reading speed based on English proficiency of students). “In the class the students who are good in studies will always read confidently. The best part is that with RTM even the weaker students get encouraged and learn from their peers” said Kanani Vallabh the English teacher in Vastrapur Primary School No 2 in Ahmedabad.
The students in Gujarat are wonderful, kind and very quick learners. When quizzed after class, most of the students could answer questions and would even help their classmates to catch up. In not one but two schools I was told by the teachers that there are students who know more about RTM than they do and often take class themselves!
In Gujarat, the desire to learn English is strong. Shivani, a student of Dholakuva Primary school in Gandhinagar tells us how her elder brother never got a chance to study English and how he encourages her to study hard and do well in the subject, for the both of them. The children’s dreams and spirits are even stronger. Priyanka, a student of class 6 says her dream is to become a Pilot. “I’ve always wanted to sit on a plane but not as a passenger, as the person driving.”
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