Student-Teachers

– Nevedetha Swami, III B.Com (A&F)

Image source : Sahaana

Have you ever heard of the term student-teachers? Yes, they are students, and yes, they are teachers too. More common in the West, student-teachers teach regular classes on a more formal basis, just like an ordinary teacher. This helps them gain the necessary exposure in becoming full-fledged teachers and developing a solid foundation in their teaching career. They are under the guidance of a senior teacher who keeps track of their progress from time to time.

I had the pleasure of talking to two such student-teachers from our very own college. One of them handled a role outside the College and another within the College.

Sahaana GR is a III year B.Com student. She considers herself to be a keen reader, an ardent Potterhead and a huge fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. She enjoys drawing, listening to music and hanging out with her friends.
During her II year, she was a helper in the LPP (Language Partnership Programme) conducted by the Department of English for students to enhance their communication skills in English.

Sahaana strongly feels that language skills are pre-requisites for effective communication. Also, a major interest in the English language motivated her to take up the role of helper.

She proclaimed that being a part of LPP enabled her to learn something new and brush up her existing knowledge. She was able to implement effective study techniques that she devised to help students understand the course material better.

However, she did face some challenges. She said that there was some initial resistance from the students for having another student as a teacher. But she was able to blend in with them quickly, earn their attention and make the classes a lot more enjoyable for them.

She says that her students still remember her, and come up and talk to her whenever they find the chance, and this makes her very happy.

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Radhika (the one in yellow) along with her team memebers

Image source : Radhika

Radhika Ramanujam, a II year PG student, majoring in public relations, likes to describe herself as an avid reader, occasional guitarist, dancer, writer and someone who enjoys soulful activities.

She was a part of the British Council’s Young Learner Assistant (YLA) internship programme, which is offered annually to youth above the age of 18. Her job role involved assisting students of all ages with their assignments and lessons, monitoring their progress, mentoring and resolving disputes.

She proclaimed that she enjoyed her time in the British Council due to its professional working atmosphere and the constructive feedback system. She felt that this fostered a healthy learning environment for both the students and the faculty.

However, greater was the joy of working with fast paced and enthusiastic children, and being able to make a difference in their lives. Even after she had resigned from the YLA programme, she continued to remain a patron of the British Council. Her young students often recognised her and would recall their memories with her. She explains that though she joined the programme with the intention of earning while learning, down the line, the pleasure was much more than monetary.

Though she encountered some challenges during the programme, she did not falter and was able to get back on her feet due to the responsibility she had towards the children.

Overall, she describes it as an exhilarating experience that has made a lot of difference to her.

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