About Us

Overview

Language and Learning Foundation (LLF) has been working since 2015 towards developing an effective and grounded understanding of early language and literacy scenario in India. LLF aims at improving the quality of teaching-learning of language and literacy in primary government schools through continuous professional development of teachers and teacher educators. LLF also intends to provide technical support to teacher education institutions (TEIs) and field based programs; and to build an evidence-based knowledge resources for addressing the early literacy situation at all levels.

Professional Development
Continuous professional learning of teachers and teacher educators

Using diverse strategics including workshops, print, web and phone based solutions

Classroom Instruction
Transforming traditional classroom instruction

Shifting from rote memorization and copying to student-centered active learning method

Early Literacy
Focus on early literacy as a foundation for learning

Fluency reading with full comprehension, ability to express ideas and thoughts in a clear and logical manner orally and in writing

Student Learning
Improvement in student learning in the early grades

Improving student learning in early grades to provide for a foundation for equitable student learning in later years

Vision

Our vision is that all children have strong foundational skills and abilities of language and literacy, thinking and reasoning. Based on this strong foundation, all children learn and grow to their full potential.

Mission

Our mission is to impact learning of 500,000 children in government primary schools in grades 1-3; and influence classroom teaching practice of 8,000 teachers directly and 40,000 teachers indirectly.

Theory of Change

Inputs & Activities
  • Conduct professional development programs
  • Support TEI in preservice
  • Buil and share knowledge, advocacy
  • Provide technical support for field based programs

…..Outputs
  • PD programs developed, and stakeholders trained
  • Partnerships with TEIs
  • Body of India-specific evidence on ELL and MLE
  • Resources developed and distributed
  • Field based programs supported

Impact (2020 +)
  • Children, including those whose home language is different from school language acquire strong language and literacy skils in early grades

We monitor and measure program effectiveness at various levels

Strategic Focus

Provide continuous professional learning
to all key stakeholders e.g. teachers, teacher educators and NGOs

Support teacher education institutions
by introducing early grades reading in the preservice curriculm of TEIs

Build & share knowledge and advocate
by collecting evidence, conducting policy research, developing policy briefs etc.

Provide teachnical support to field based programs
for early grade reading and multilingual education in government schools

Activities for professional development


Provide continuous professional learning
to all key stakeholders e.g. teachers, teacher educators and NGOs

Courses focus on building strong foundational and practical knowledge.

  • Help teachers change classroom practice
  • Help teacher educators and master trainers train and support teachers more effectively
  • Courses are delivered in various formats

  • Long term course spanning 32 weeks deliverd in blended mode (workshops, phone conference, reading material, assignments and action research)
  • Short term course spanning 4 weeks
  • 3-5 days of face to face workshops
  • Online Courses
  • Other professional learning opportunities

  • Workshops for facilitation and communication skills
  • Community of learning and practive
  • Handouts and Activity Handbooks
  • Activites for TEI support

    Support teacher education institutions
    by introducing early grades reading in the preservice curriculm of TEIs

    Revision of Diploma in Education curriculm to include a strong component of early language and literacy (ELL)

  • Developing curriculum for the ELL paper and school internship
  • Developing training materials for the ELL component
  • Workshops and Trainings of DIET/SCERT Faculty
  • Work initiated with SCERT Uttar Pradesh

    Working with SCERT Bihar for review of language teaching approach and textbooks.

    Activites for advocacy

    Build & share knowledge and advocate
    by collecting evldence, conducting policy research, developing policy briefs etc.

  • Research and policy briefs on early language and literacy (ELL) & multi-lingual education (MLE)
  • Research compendiums focused on classroom practice
  • Handbooks and other resouce materials for teachers
  • Seminar, guest talk and expert sessions
  • Core Groups and Task Forces on key issues in ELL and MLE
  • Activities for supporting field programs

    Provide technical support to field based programs
    for early grade reading and multilingual education in government schools

  • Developing graded reading material in local (non-dominant) languages
  • Designing strategies for situations where children’s home lanugage is quite different from the school language
  • Build capacity of teacher educators (block and cluster levels) for supporting teachers
  • Support school based projects to demonstrate change in classroom practice and student learning

    Our Geographical Spread

    Professional Development Programs

    2016 : 5 Hindi-speaking states : Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan
    2017 : Delhi and Madhya Pradesh
    2018 : One Non-Hindi speaking state

    Teacher Education Institutions

    2017-2018 : D.Ed Course in Uttar Pradesh
    and Bihar

    Technical Support

    2016-2017 : Multilingual Education project in Rajasthan, supported by UNICEF