Introduction The Hindu offers a unique English learning program called Standardised Test of English Proficiency (STEP) designed specifically for Indian speakers of English. That is, it incorporates a speaking test supported by artificial intelligence which is well-tuned for accents of Indians and also provides unique audio-visual content suitable for those in India.
It was found that subsequent to approximately 40 hours of training, the average learner had slightly improved scores than at the beginning and with further hours of training, made a dramatic improvement in English communication. The technology used for the program incorporates a unique methodology process which makes the test a personalized one and provides input on the strengths and weakness of each learner so that the training can accordingly be suited for that learner.
Three types of programs are offered:
Now, The Hindu has launched STEP in collaboration with the Commissionerate for the Welfare of Differently Abled, Government of Tamil Nadu to impart free training and certification in English skills for differently abled students studying in Tamil Nadu.
About the training program for differently abled students The goal of the training is to enable the differently abled to get employment opportunities and to gain confidence through English language skills. In addition to reading, writing and listening skills, importance will be given to spoken English.
There are no training fees. The training program is completely funded by the Commissionerate for the Welfare of Differently Abled, Government of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation (TNSDC), Government of Tamil Nadu.
Categories of differently-abled students who can apply: Locomoter disability and Visual impairment.
Who can apply Any college of institution or NGO only from the State of Tamil Nadu with a minimum number of 50 students can apply for this STEP program.
How to apply Your application should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last date for receipt of application: 10th September 2017
Contact informationFor more information on STEP call: 1800 3000 6063 (10a.m. to 6p.m. on weekdays only)
[Note to the reader: Information from this article has been sourced from an advt. in 'The Hindu' newspaper, Mumbai edition. Please make further enquiries via email.]
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