Naga teacher reports on studies at the University of York
By Patricia Zhimomi
The opportunity for me to study for an MA in Teaching English to Young Learners at the University of York came at a time when I had reached an impasse in my teaching career. I was beginning to think about moving to another profession if I could not be more productive.
Hence when KET/KES offered this course, I took up the challenge. Now, one year into my course, it has changed my entire perspective of education, teaching and learning from that which we practise here in Nagaland. It has made me become more confident, a better manager of time and has developed my skills in technology.
The course balances the practical side of teaching and learning with the theoretical aspects which every teacher needs to know. It has been an eye-opener to the various methods and approaches within the bounds of education. It is equipping me also to become a teacher trainer in Nagaland.
The course could not have come at a more opportune time for Nagaland’s educational system, because the Government of India has launched a major overhaul in the educational system by passing an act which requires every teacher to be formally trained.
In line with what is called Pre Service Teacher Education, I plan to start immediately after I graduate on a small scale as and when I am asked. However, I also plan to propose that KET/KES plays a role in state-wide teacher training by facilitating a resource centre which would offer on-going teachers’ refresher courses, training in professional development and would run motivational seminars, meeting needs all teachers have from time to time.