British Council, TCC to introduce an innovative tablet based Learn English Kids programme in Indian schools

British Council has partnered with The Curriculum Company (TCC), an innovator in the K-12 Ed-tech space, to deliver and implement the British Council’s Learn English Kids programme in schools.  TCC’s T-Learning™ tablet based Classroom Management Platform houses the British Council’s Learn English Kids Programme for English language development for children from grades 1 to 10. The Tablet-based Learning Platform enables a teacher to conduct an engaging class by empowering them with the apt tools and providing a strong locus of control for even classrooms as big as 40+ learners.
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Santhanalakshmi, Correspondent and Principal, Sri Bala Vidyalaya School, Chennai who was the first to adopt this initiative says: “Nearly sixty percent of children in our school are first generation learners. We wanted to provide them with the latest in technology and content, but at an affordable cost. The Curriculum Company’s tablet platform along with exceptional English language content from British Council has made English classes more interactive, fun and we see that a lot of self-learning is happening both at school and at home. Every child has a tablet with both the school syllabus and the British Council English programme and the integration has been seamless. What has amazed all of us is the speed with which children are able to use the tablets and navigate the LE Kids program with enthusiasm and interest. We believe that with continued use of the LE Kids programme, our children will transform into motivated and autonomous learners of English language”.
While speaking on the occasion, Ujjwal Singh, Founder – CEO, TCC said: “The arrival of tablets, for instance, spells lighter backpacks as well as incomparable ease in obtaining digital study material for students. Students will not only benefit from the portability and flexibility this device offers, but also from more rewarding aspects such as real-time and speedy updation of content and assessments. On the other hand, for educators, tablets offer convenience for teaching and assessing their students”.
Paul Sellers, Director South India, British Council, Chennai stated: “We understand the key requirements of English language learners in India and are very pleased to partner with a leading and innovative organisation, The Curriculum Company who have developed a tablet based learning platform that is revolutionary in enabling personalised learning and measuring outcomes”.
T-learning platform
TCC’s T-learning platform allows teachers to interact, share, collaborate, run polls, collect data and perform assessment of several kinds, all within the reach of a simple touch/click. The state of the art teacher dash board, allows teachers to share knowledge with students in several formats even outside the purview of the prescribed books and digital content available inside classrooms. The platform also allows for one-on-one teacher-learner interactions by allowing a teacher to send messages to individual students during the course of a session/class.
Flexibility
T-learning also gives teachers the flexibility to use content in any format, be it video, PPT, word doc or audio file, practically anything from their machine to a student’s tablet. In fact, even the reverse dynamics is also possible. If a child has done something interesting, then a teacher can also pull out the same thing from that student’s tablet and show it to everyone present inside the classroom. For keeping the recurring cost for the schools low, TCC’s Tablet-based Classroom Management Platform does not require internet. Local Wifi Router is used to connect the teacher’s laptop to student’s tablets.
Nirupa Fernandez, Assistant Director, Digital Partnerships pointed out: “At the British Council we encourage innovation, hence we have a strategic partnership with The Curriculum Company. TCC’s tablet platform is cutting edge, yet practical and easy to use in any classroom setting, and it is the perfect medium through which to deliver our digital English language learning content to schools”.
Janaka Pushpanathan, Co-founder and Head Strategic Partnerships, The Curriculum Company added: “As implementation partners of British Council, we are helping teachers to integrate the LE Kids content and daily classroom transaction of English language lessons, so there is an enriched learning context for every child at school and at home. We provide teacher training and support, including monitoring and evaluation, so there is systemic improvement in English language levels of children in all aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing”.
LE Kids is based on research into the learning needs of children aged 5 to 15 and consists of educational content that has been mapped to the National curriculum framework of India. It consists of a unique approach to language learning involving grammar and vocabulary games, songs, stories and videos that help children learn English in a fun and interactive way. It is easy to use and offers a progressive path to learners.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7,000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognised across India for its network of nine libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.
It also manages prestigious scholarships and training awards, including the Jubilee scholarships, the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and the Charles Wallace India Trust awards. What is more, its English language teaching centres in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata provide a range of general and business English classes, specialised skills based programmes and young learner courses. The British Council works with a wide range of Indian partners in cities all over India enabling British and Indian experts to meet and collaborate and to nurture mutually beneficial relationships.  For more information, visit: britishcouncil.in/. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through twitter.com/britishcouncil and blog.britishcouncil.
The Curriculum Company (TCC) is an innovator in the K-12 education space, focused on designing inclusive and easy-to-use solutions for both teachers and children. TCC’s Teacher and Student Resources have been designed to be both radical and relevant, keeping in mind 21st Century classrooms. TCC’s path breaking T-learning™ platform is an end to end Tablet based Classroom Management platform that has bagged the iconic Red Herring awards for innovation in 2013. TCC’s circle of influence spans nearly 100 + schools, who are using various products and services.

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