Amazing Teachers in India

So much was going on today I’ve split the blog into 3 posts!

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Japan should be very worried.

Last time I went round our Indian schools the kids were hesitant, speaking in whispers if at all and the teachers were just doing rote learning. You asked a kid a question and you got no reply. The teachers, never mind the kids, didn’t know much English at all.

Today was completely different. They were amazing.

My main aim was:
1) Observe how the teachers were teaching.
2) Test the kids to see what they know.
3) Show a computer lesson.


Some of the youngest kids, and a teacher reviewing phonics. I’ll try and get some Genki pics for tomorrow!

The schools have 4 hours (2 x 2 hours) of Genki English each week plus 8 (4 x 2 hours) of phonics. And the teachers really are doing it. We feared they’d just learn by memorisation, but when the kids were asked questions they replied, and often in big loud voices. When we gave them phonics exercises that they hadn’t done, or tested them with nonsense words, they flew through them at native speaker pace. We were very impressed and if I hadn’t seen the teachers and kids before I would have thought that India didn’t need Genki English.

It wasn’t so much a learning curve they’d gone through but a vertical line!

The training we did in May has obviously helped, but more than that they’ve had experienced trainers going round the schools helping the other teachers and they’ve gone from strength to strength! Confidence & training makes such a difference.  Amazing.

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

4 Responses to “Amazing Teachers in India”

  1. Kirsten

    8 hours of phonics in one week?? really??? how did you get teachers to agree to that? that’s truly amazing! I wish I could see this program!

  2. richard

    We bought the schools. Well not me but the people who brought me in! Hopefully when we get the results other schools will have no problem with it.

  3. Gumby

    Richard,
    What phonics program are you using? And are you really doing 2 HOURS of phonics at a time? How do you keep them interested and involved?

  4. richard

    It’s Jolly Phonics. Compared with the rote learning of the other lessons then keeping them interested and involved for 2 hours isn’t much of a problem!

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