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U.S. Consulate General Kolkata partners with Bengal govt, School Education Department to train teachers US Consulate General
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U.S. Consulate General Kolkata partners with Bengal govt, School Education Department to train teachers

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Feb 2022, 06:42 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: Around 25 English language teachers and teacher trainers participated in the Feb 9 launch of the TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP) offered by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in partnership with TESOL International, the leading organization in the field of English-language teaching. 

 The teachers are employed in government and government-aided schools across eight districts in West Bengal.  

This is the first time the U.S. Consulate Kolkata is directly working with the West Bengal School Department on a training program to engage teachers who can share the learnings with their peers and implement the best practices in their classrooms.
The TESOL Core Certificate Program is an intensive 140-hour, English language teacher training program.  
Program participants will learn cutting-edge, research-based teaching strategies.  
Upon graduation, they will be better equipped to guide fellow teachers in creating student-centred, critical thinking classrooms that provide students with the English language proficiency and 21st-century skills envisioned by India’s National Education Policy.

Through these courses, the U.S. Embassy aims to support state governments in the professional development of a cohort of K-12 teachers who, in turn, can support the professional development of teachers in their state.  
This model has worked very successfully with the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, which now has a cohort of about 200 mentor teachers supporting 10,000 English teachers, who in turn enhance the English capacity of 2.2 million Delhi students.
At the launch ceremony, the U.S. Mission’s Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Gloria Berbena, joined President of TESOL International Gabriele Kleckova in welcoming the participants.  
Berbena said, “We strongly believe that English is a vital tool for students to access higher education, enhance their employment opportunities, and fulfil their dreams.  Teachers play a critical role in this endeavor and in shaping the future of this country”.
The U.S. government funds English teacher education, language proficiency, and professional development programs through Regional English Language Offices at U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.