Bihar Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (BLISS)

The British Council, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Bihar and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) established the Bihar Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (BLISS) project in January 2012.

BLISS aims to address the needs of teacher educators, teachers, learners and the wider community in Bihar by providing access to high quality teaching and learning materials as well as increased awareness of the value of English for employability.

The BLISS project aims to address the needs of the teacher educators, teachers, learners and the wider community in Bihar by providing access to high quality teaching and learning materials as well as increased awareness of the value of English for employability. It aims to aid the Bihar State Government in devising a coherent, high quality and sustainable model for teacher development which will improve the quality of instruction and ultimately raise the level of English proficiency among both teachers and learners in the state enabling the Bihar State Government to achieve its development agenda.

Bliss: Project Snapshot

This document provides comprehensive details about the BLISS project including project aims, achievements, baseline data and the continuing professional development (CPD) of teacher educators.

BLISS Resources

1. Materials for face-to-face training

BLISS has developed three five-day courses for teachers: English for All in Bihar (EfA) Blocks 1, 2 and 3 which provide a basis for sixty hours of face-to-face training.

  • Block 1 Trainer's Notes
  • Block 1 Participant's Workbook
  • Block 1 course provides an introduction to methodology, with a focus on classroom management skills.
  • Block 2 Trainer's Notes
  • Block 2 Participant's Workbook
  • Block 2 course focuses on developing learners' reading skills.
  • Block 3 Trainer's Notes
  • Block 3 Participant's Workbook
  • Block 3 course focuses on developing learners' speaking skills.

English Club Manual

The aim of this manual is to help teachers and teacher educators set up and run English Clubs which help their members to practise and develop their English language skills.

2. Continuing professional development (CPD) Resources

Teacher Development Films

The films show English secondary school teachers at work in different locations in Bihar. It provides a self-access learning resource for teachers in Bihar who may not be able to attend face-to-face training.

The films are accompanied by a workbook.

BLISS posters

These seven posters were produced by BLISS Teacher Educators who won a competition in 2014 and aim to encourage learners to develop skills in reading, speaking and vocabulary development.

BLISS 'English for All' Film

This is a short film looking at the role of English in the state of Bihar in East India. In the film, we hear from teachers, Teacher Educators, parents, administrators and learners discussing the BLISS project and the importance of English to the people of Bihar.

3. Research

English in Education: Bihar State Profile

English in Education: Bihar Profile (2016) is a comprehensive reference document on the teaching and learning of English and education in general in the state. It describes systems and current practices, summarises existing research and presents data gathered through the BLISS project.

Bihar Education Summary Report

This is a summary of the English in Education: Bihar Profile (2016). This provides quick reference to key information presented in the Bihar Profile.

'Social Attitude Towards The English Language in Bihar' by Dr David Hayes

The report presents the views on the place, value and status of English in India of a range of social groups comprising parents of school-age children, students in higher education and private language schools and professionals (people in employment in the private sector or with the government).