The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Trinity College, London has come together to train the teachers of schools affiliated to the board for the implementation of the assessment of speaking and listening (ASL) skills. ASL has been introduced in all CBSE affiliated schools for classes IX and XI in an effort to integrate English language in the curriculum. "Principals of schools need to identify senior teachers of English from their schools who are eligible to take the online screening test to qualify for examiner trainers in the ASL," said Sadhna Parashar, director, academics and training, CBSE.
Teachers who qualify will be invited to the examiner trainers workshops scheduled this year in August, September, November and in January 2014. "Examiner trainers who would be trained would be responsible for cascading the assessment training to teachers in schools in India and affiliated schools abroad," added Parashar. As per the curriculum document for secondary schools, there is a provision of 20 marks weightage for assessing ASL in classes XI and XI. The continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system, the flagship project of CBSE, has also outlined the significance of speaking and listening skills as part of co-scholastic areas of achievement by every learner and also stresses the clear integration of evaluation of speaking and listening skills as a part of the curriculum transaction. As good communication skills raise the self esteem of a student, CBSE essentially desires that the students acquire proficiency in it by the time they leave school. CBSE is responsible for assessing scholastic and co-scholastic achievement levels of students in over 12000 schools affiliated to it.