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'Invest more in teachers' training than technology'

Posted on Aug 12 2014 | IANS

Kolkata, Aug 12 : Indian English is far more "erudite and elegant" than what is heard in England, said a British educationist who stressed on investing more on training teachers than on technology.

"I always say more teachers, less technology. People assume that technology can be a substitute for teachers but they can't. It is a fiscal mistake in investment more on technology than teachers," Andy Curtis said here Monday.

He said: "I think Indian English is more erudite and elegants than what is heard on the streets of England."

Curtis, a professor in the School of Graduate Education at Anaheim University in California and the president of the TESOL International Association, was speaking at "English Medium Instruction: Boon or Curse" organised by the British Council here.

"I would suggest: Put 10 percent of what you are investing in technology in training teachers," he said.

TESOL is an organisation dedicated to advancing professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

Deliberating on trends regarding English usage in India, Anuradha Lohia, vice chancellor of Presidency University, pointed out for scientists like her it was a "language of necessity more than anything else".

"People need to learn English to survive in a globally competent world," she said.

Devi Kar, director, Modern High School for Girls felt that though aural skills of students have improved considerably in the current scenario, writing skills have deteriorated.

"They are far more articulate, but writing skills have deteriorated," Kar said.

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