The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will train teachers for the implementation of the Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) skills in collaboration with Trinity College, London, a CBSE official said today.
ASL has been introduced in all CBSE-affiliated schools for Class 9 and Class 11 in an effort to integrate English language in the curriculum.
"Principals of schools need to identify senior teachers of English from their schools who are eligible to take the online screening test to qualify for examiner trainers in the ASL," said Dr. Sadhna Parashar, Director, Academics and Training, CBSE.
Teachers who qualify for the screening test will be invited to the Examiner Trainers Workshops scheduled this year in August, September and November and in January 2014.
"Examiner trainers who would be trained would be responsible for cascading the assessment training to teachers in schools in India and affiliated schools abroad," added Dr. Sadhna Parashar, Director, Academics and Training, CBSE.
As per the curriculum document for secondary schools, there is a provision of 20 marks weightage for assessing ASL Class 9 and Class 11.
CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) the flagship project of CBSE has clearly outlined the significance of speaking and listening skills as part of co-scholastic areas of achievement by every learner and also stresses the clear integration of evaluation of speaking and listening skills as a part of the curriculum transaction.
As good communication skills raise the self esteem of a student, CBSE essentially desires that the students acquire proficiency in it by the time they leave the portals of the school. In the present day global markets, speaking and listening are considered to be the essential skills of real life. Since CBSE has the onerous responsibility of assessing scholastic and co-scholastic achievement levels of students in over 12000 schools affiliated to it , it has been felt for a long time that children must focus on speaking and listening skills.
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