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