Hyderabad may boast of schools with an international tag but school authorities are unhappy with local teachers for their lack of expertise. They are in search of teachers from foreign countries.
Several schools have hired teachers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and other countries. Despite the talent and high level of intelligence students lack the global touch.
In case of foreign languages the problem is more glaring. "A language cannot be taught only by reading and writing the script, which is the focus in most institutes. When I joined the school four years ago, the students here fared poorly in pronunciation and usage of words possibly because of the teaching style," said Dr Sophie Peralba, French teacher and middle school coordinator at Indus International. She also said that Indian students were not aware of the French culture and the country, which is an integral part of learning a foreign language.
Parents want French teachers to give home tuitions to teach their children French even to toddlers of two year-old as they want their child to learn the language from a genuine French teacher said Celine Ganier a French national and former teacher at Sancta Maria International School at Serilingampally.
'Correct accent is important'. "Parents in Hyderabad are very particular about academics and language is an important part of any school curriculum. They want their kids to pick up the right aspects of the language from a young age itself," said Ganier, who home tutors 13 children aged between 2 and 11 years.
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