In accordance with revised curriculum from academic session 2010-11, Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) on Thursday launched ‘Orchids’, a multi-skill course in English (Language I) for Class-9, especially designed with an aim to help students learn to use English language effectively by emphasising on accommodative insider-oriented view of language teaching and learning. The text book was launched by chairman NBSE Nini Meru during a session of the ongoing 2nd material production training of English language teachers at ATI, Thursday.
The activities in the new book work towards knowing in action through role-play, group or pair work tasks, and ensures that all four skills of language learning-listening, speaking, reading and writing were perfected in each lesson. Various exercises in the book include listening, reading, pronunciation and spelling, grammar etc. The focus throughout the book is to equip the learners with essential language skills and granting them confidence to use those skills effectively.
The book is a result of a three year project, taken up by the NBSE in collaboration with Project Officers led by Jayshri Kannan, the project director. In the course of the project, over 400 plus NBSE registered school teachers were trained in the skills of syllabus design and production of learning materials.
Launching the book, chairman of NBSE Nini Meru said NBSE was the first board to test listening and speaking skills and lauded the involvement of teachers for the success of the innovative project. She stated that 43% marks would be obtained be through internal assessment while only 57% grades would be passed to the Board for assessment and evaluation. She further informed that more projects would be taken up such as material production for class 10 in 2010, mathematics and science text books etc.
Jayshri Kannan, the project director reiterated that the role of teachers in the new methodology of teaching was very important. She said teachers were the ambassadors of new learner-centric method and they should be well trained with the new methodology of teaching. She also added that teachers in Nagaland were at par with the rest of the world and that it was up to them to make the project successful.