Teaching and learning of English in the Indian context has always been a daunting and challenging task for the simple reason that English is not the first language in this context. Though there are a few islands of excellence where teachers with the native like competence teach English and students who are exposed to such skillful and resourceful teachers do acquire the English language with ease and comfort. The methodology, approaches, and the skill of the teachers of English in teaching the language has a direct influence on the learning of the language. But when it comes to the other parts of India, in particular, the rural areas, there are not many teachers of English who have got a good command over the language and thereby they fail either to impart the necessary language skills to the learners or also to provide the necessary impetus to the motivation levels of the learners. In such contexts, most of the learners fail to have a good command over the English language. Despite the learners having a fairly good knowledge their subject areas in their mother tongue, they are unable to express themselves in fairly good English.
In order to overcome the above problem of non-availability of good teachers of English and to teach the learners the required language skills, in my view, distance learning for rural students can be designed wherein experienced and skillful teachers can plan the strategies to teach the learners. By employing distance learning for the teaching of English to the rural students and semi-urban students, the advantage of making the best teachers of English available to all will become a reality and it also paves the way for the improvement of the desired language skills in the learners.
Are there any such programmes available to the rural students through distance learning/on-line learning elsewhere. I would appreciate the suggestions from all the experienced teachers who have been teaching English in difficult circumstances. The route to learning English through distance learning for the rural students can also be worked out by us all. Looking forward to the suggestions please.
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