Basing on the success of its program of activities in the year 2010 the Presidential initiative ‘English as a Life Skill’ plans to develop a detailed action plan to implement it in the public school system.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga as the Chair held a workshop to develop the 2011 Action Plan yesterday at Education Leadership Development Center auditorium in Meepe in Gall.
Evolving an English speaking community in every rural school and the establishment of an English Language Trainer Service are two principal initiatives envisaged for the year 2011.
It is also planned to introduce Distance Teaching of English to students in schools that have a shortage of English teachers. The training of 23,000 English Language teachers that was begun earlier will be completed this year.
Another project under consideration is establishment of nine Provincial English Language Training Centres with state-of-the-art language laboratories, classrooms, libraries and residential facilities with the assistance of the Indian Government.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the National Road Map to promote Spoken/ Communicative English skills in Sri Lanka on July 19, 2009.
During the first phase of the program, a strong new national cadre of 80 master trainers and 320 assistant trainers in Spoken English from all nine Provinces has been developed by training them at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.
The master trainers have produced the country's first teacher guide for spoken English, used, and revised it during the first phase.
Additionally, 60 percent of the 22,500 English teachers of the country were trained to teach spoken English through an accelerated programme that was completed by the end of last year.