About English Literacy Program
After years of continuous iterations in extremely under-served locations, we believe we have a solution which can take on the English-illiteracy challenge.
Our solution completely eliminates the need of English expertise and enables existing teachers to take our students from English illiteracy to a stage where s/he can Read, Write, Comprehend and Structure grammatically correct sentences.
What makes this solution stand out?
- Pedagogical Innovation: The core of our solution is a set of rules that allows translation from English into any Indian regional language and vice versa. Limited testing has shown translation results to be grammatically better than the most commonly used tool - Google translator.
- Flexibility: Our solution can be delivered in any local language by a person who need not know how to speak English. Kids can enter into any of the 5 learning levels depending on their enrollment capabilities.
- Economical: We are, arguably, the cheapest classroom learning solution on a per hour learning cost basis.
- Holistic: Our proprietary Assessment Framework allows for collection of feedback, recommendation of corrective teaching actions and sharing of results with parents, donors and other involved stakeholders.
- Operational Sustainability: Educated unemployed youth are trained and certified to become "Teacher Entrepreneurs". They are assisted in setting-up English learning centers where they can teach kids for a small fee. These youth can earn about Rs.3,500 - Rs.4,000 per month for about 3 hours of teaching every day.
- Offline virtual content: All our content is digitized and delivered through Micro SD data cards which play even on low-end mobile phones.
The ELP is a 5-level skill-based program in which a child is taken from complete English illiteracy to a stage where s/he can read, write, comprehend and structure grammatically correct sentences:
The total cost for the 24-month engagement is ~Rs.3,000 per child i.e. ~Rs.4 / day.
Our proprietary assessment is designed to analyse outcomes at 3 levels:
- Student: At an individual level, measure student’s entry level capability, month-on-month progress and eventually exit level capability.
- Teacher: Depending on performance of students, identify teaching gaps and recommend appropriate specific interventions custom identified for each child found failing in the tests.
- Organization level: How much Value does LeapForWord and its partner organization actually deliver? Our assessment framework can quantifiably measure value delivered (and hence lost) by each teacher. This allows comparing of teachers’ performances to identify the good performers for incentivizing and documenting their best teaching practices.
Download our Assessment Philosophy Note -
Program Delivery Partners
Institutional Supporters (Current and Past)
Tools and Resources used for English Literacy Program
Over a period of time we have developed tools and resources to aid our teachers, students and donors.
For the teacher
- Structured self-learning Audio / Video concepts
- Self-Assessment tools
- Tool-kits for classroom engagement and enhanced learning
- Post test feedback comprising corrective actions
- Structured Audio / Video self-learning units that play on low-end mobile phones.
For the student
- Highly engaging workbook and class-session
- Structured Evaluation
- Tracking of each child’s learning
For the Donors
- Report indicating progressive Learning levels for every participating child
- Performance tracker of participating teachers
- Continuing visibility into achieved outcomes compared to agreed deliverables
The Impact - LeapForWord's Report Card ('17-'18)
A snapshot of the work done & the outcomes achieved in the Govt. school channel for the academic year 2017 - 2018.
Total students reached in the recently concluded academic year ('17 - '18) = 21,303 (5X over the last academic year & equal to LFW's total outreach from inception till '16 - '17).
The English Literacy Program is "Compulsory Training & Voluntary Adoption" i.e. there is neither any penalty nor any incentive for teachers to deploy this program in their classes. Yet, the conversion rate was 51% (1,539 trained & 783 started).
Average Pre & Post intervention results as measured on LFW's own test = Ability to read words (19% to 58%) | Ability to Comprehend sentences (25% to 52%)
When compared on the ASER scale = Ability to read words (LFW is 2.5 times national average) | Ability to Comprehend sentences (LFW is 4 times national average).
We administered LFW's English test to same-grade students across different types of schools (Govt, Aided, Private) - In 3 out of 8 instances LFW student (Marathi only) scores were HIGHEST (higher even than private English medium scores) while in the other cases LFW students were at the second position (second to private schools).
An Urdu school teacher from Latur says "I have not seen a product better than this to teach English in regional language schools" while Ms. Krupa Ghune from Maval says "Student enrollment in our school has gone up from 13 to 30 in the past 2 years since the LFW program has started".
F. NEXT STEPS:
In all of this year's geographies, not only have we been invited to continue but the scope of work has also increased - We expect the numbers here to grow atleast 2X.
Additionally, we are desirous of and preparing for full-coverage of 6 districts (over partial coverage in 4 districts this year). For formal permission, we have had 1 round of meeting with the relevant Govt. authorities and are expecting some decision in the next couple of weeks.
If you would like and have the time, do go through the attached detailed ppt explaining all that we could do in this year (read in full-screen mode as it has links) - Download LeapForWord's 2017-2018 Results
Our children demonstrate
A 2nd grader demonstrates his English comprehension ability
After undergoing Level 1 understands sentences of reasonable difficulty
Saysing did not go to any school. He only attended non-formal community classes
Transformation in 42 hours of this 5th grader of a municipal school
What the teachers have to say
What our partners have to say
Provides supplementary education to girls from marginalised communities
What the parents of our children have to say
Role of LFW in my son clearing his Entrance test