American volunteer teachers to improve English speaking skills of Sri Lankan students

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A discussion between the Sri Lanka Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz was held yesterday (08) at the Ministry of Education on obtaining the services of the volunteer English teachers of the US Peace Corps at the government’s request to improve conversational English of Sri Lankan students.

The DELIC Teacher Training Program has been implemented by the American volunteer English Teachers Service from the 1960s to the 90s.

The Peace Corps program on a request of the Sri Lankan government has agreed to send volunteer teachers from the United States to serve again from 2020.

In the first phase, a group of teachers starting from 30 teachers and up to 150 teachers will be provided to teach students in remote areas.

Selection of schools to provide the service is already underway. Initially the service will be provided to both Uva and Central Provinces and the volunteer period of one teacher is 2 years.

HM Sirisena, Consultant to the Ministry of Education, Kris Besch, National Director of the American Peace Corps, officials of the Ministry’s English Unit and representatives of the US Embassy were also present at the discussion.

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