Background

E4J - previously known as the English Enrichment Program -  was initiated in 2007, as a response to poor command of the English language among students from Tamil schools. E4J immerses primary school students for a minimum of 3 hours weekly into the English Language, significantly increasing their vocabulary usage by a minimum of 500 words. By the end of the year, almost all trained participants had developed a liking for the language.

We have also trained over 100 facilitators to conduct the programmes in various schools. The effectiveness of the E4J programme and the positive feedback received through evaluations has propelled the extension of the programme to more schools nationwide, in line with EWRF’s strategic goal of reaching out to 50% of the Tamil School students by 2015.

Aims & Objectives

The goals of E4J are:

  • To increase the proficiency of English language among students.
  • To boost students’ self confidence


Monitoring & Evaluation

EWRF recognizes the importance of comprehensive and continuous improvement and to achieve this, resources were made available to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework.

Monitoring for E4J involves periodic visits to the schools to ensure standards set are being met by grassroots implementers. Students’ academic performances are measured through periodic assessment.

Intervention Method

E4J is a 20-week programme which focuses on verbal fluency, reading, writing and listening skills. This functional usage of the language is emphasized, in order to build confidence among the students.

Apart from helping them to develop a love for the English Language, this programme also aims to develop their personality. It gives the students a chance to develop new skills in sports, dance, drama as well as arts and crafts. They will also learn the value of teamwork and will often be given the opportunity to take on leadership roles.

Comprehensive course modules have been developed to help the teachers in carrying out the programmes effectively throughout the 20 weeks. All teachers are required to undergo an intensive training programme prior to taking up their responsibilities.

Achievement

In 2011, this programme had reached out to 2,960 students nationwide. Based on the periodic assessment conducted for the students, 76% performed well in the final test as compared to the first 3 assessments. The final assessments integrated all the elements acquired by the students throughout the 20 weeks. During the first 3 assessments, the percentage of students who passed the test was less than 60%. This is an indication of significant improvement among students who participated in this nationwide program.

In 2012, we have reached out to 1,680 students. Out of this number, about 87.02 % of the students passed the final test which indicates that the students were able to understand the four lessons conducted before the final test. For the behavioral observation, it is a positive implication of the implementation of E4J to have 86.01% of the students having shown positive changes.

In 2014 and 2015, a total of 2,720 and 3,000 students participated in the E4J programme respectively.