The IELTS test of learning in Hindi: A new tool for teachers
A new method of assessing Hindi-language learners could have the biggest impact on Indian teachers, a new study says.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has released the first comprehensive assessment of IELTs (influenced language assessment) since India launched the National IELT Consortium in 2012.
It has been used to assess the fluency of 1,400 students in 11 different state-based IELTTs (Indian English Language Testing Consortium).
The first-ever National IELS Consortium study has been published in the journal Indian Educational Research Journal, a peer-reviewed academic journal of the Association of Indian Educational Researchers (AIESR), which is also responsible for conducting research into IELTI.
The report also says that, in its first five years, the NCERT has enrolled more than 8,200 IELTO students in the state-wide IELTC, a national initiative that aims to promote the Indian language through research and education.
“In order to assess students’ fluency, they need to complete two IELTLTs: one in Hindi and one in English,” said Ravi Prasad, a professor at the Department of Information Science and Management at Jawaharlal Nehru University and one of the authors of the study.
The IELTY study aims to determine if the two exams can be used to help identify students who are struggling in learning the language and how the two tests can be combined to improve their learning.
“We have seen in the past that when the two assessments are combined, it’s easier to identify students in need of assistance,” Prasam said.
“But now we have a new tool that will help us identify students struggling with the language, which will also help them get better.”
The NCErt has also been collaborating with a variety of ILLTTs across the country to develop the IELty App, which was recently launched in the U.S.
The study is based on two years of data collected by the National Indian Teachers’ Association (NITA), an organization of over 4,000 teachers.
The study is also based on a data set from the National Board of Secondary Education (NBSE), a national organization that has provided feedback to the NSEER, the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (IMDR) and other government agencies.
The data for the study comes from more than 300 students who completed two ILLTI tests during the year.
The results of the survey are based on the responses of 7,817 students in five states and in five other states (Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka).
“The study showed that Hindi-speaking students in Punjab scored significantly higher on the Hindi test, while Hindi- speaking students in Uttar Pradesh scored significantly lower on the IALT,” said Prasami Raghunathan, a research associate at NCERT.
“This is a very good result.”
The study also found that in the same state, Hindi- and English-speaking learners did better on both tests in the two states, but students in Tamil Nadu scored higher on both the tests.
“It’s a clear signal that Hindi students do better than their peers in the other states,” Raghulathan said.
The NLEA has a very strong interest in IELTE, and is working with schools to develop IELTDs, which would enable them to monitor and evaluate the fluencies of students across the states.
But, Raghutathan said, the success of the NLEAs IELTED projects in the United States, India and Europe has not been replicated.
The new IELST test will help Indian educators in India better understand the fluences of students.
“This study has highlighted the importance of IELS as a tool for assessment in the Hindi-medium environment,” said Aseem Kapur, a researcher at the Institute of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (ILEC), a research institution based in Delhi.
“There are a lot of challenges in the ILEC’s work to identify and measure the fluence of students in all languages,” he added.
“It’s clear that the NELTS Consortium’s results will help the Indian government and educators to better understand and evaluate their students.”
In addition to the study, the National Council also has launched a campaign for teachers in the country who are looking to join the NCLT, an umbrella organization for the various IELTRs across India.