New Delhi: To improve
written and spoken English and comprehension of the language among
students in schools, a read-to-me software has been introduced in
seven schools in the capital.
The software, introduced in four government and three private
schools here Friday, enables students to master spoken as well as
written English through a text-to-speech reader.
"Children have lost their reading habits. We took into account
that they pick up better from sound and spoken words, so why not
use technology to make the lessons interesting for them," said V.
Maithali, principal of DTEA senior secondary school in central
K. Shiva Kumar, vice president and head of operations for
EnglishHelper, said: "The software is also used by the voluntary
organisation 'Pratham' to reach out to nearly 18,000 students in
Maharashtra. It is a licensed product which we are trying to make
more socially viable."
"We will talk to more schools under Delhi government and will
expand the project by the end of 2011," Kumar told IANS.
Sandra Swarup, principal of Arwachin Public school in east Delhi,
said: "It is not just about English, children have even lost their
grounding with Hindi as their mother tongue."
"All the well-known private schools can do without the software as
they have trained teachers and staff. But the tier-two city
schools need to be equipped with such modern-day measures of
teaching," added Swarup.