We are part of a larger ecosystem. Everybody knows how our ecosystem works. As Wikipedia
defines it, ‘an ecosystem is a large community of living organisms in a particular area. The
living and physical components are linked together in Ecosystem. Ecosystems can be of any
size, but usually they are in particular places. Each ecosystem has its own community. A
lake, for example, can have small fishes and other organisms and a forest community may have
rabbits, lakes and trees and big cats. These are different habitats.’
Our idea of having English-Speaking Ecosystem is based on this simple but complexly
processed concept. We relate different habitats to different contexts and learning
environments. The elements in these habitats are our learners, teachers, school
infrastructure, teaching learning material, admins, officials, parents, books, furniture,
other spaces and the society.
We have an integrated approach for catering to our next-generation learners. This approach
leverages English speaking as a functional tool for achieving overall excellence. We call
this approach a Sustainable English-Speaking Ecosystem. Our approach is based on five
principles: catering to needs of all learners, liberty to teacher for innovations, use of
infrastructure as a resource, best practices sharing via social media as tool for
empowerment and engagement of other living beings. Ecosystem in our context will have a
scope for making mistakes and learning from those mistakes to achieve wisdom.
We know that this won’t be attained immediately. It will take time. Let’s sow seeds this
year so that future generations can reap the harvest. We are looking forward to hear from
you all about application of the approach and failed attempts and success stories.
Academic Coordinator, CHESS Project
(This is a propositional theory for English-Speaking Ecosystem. Subject to improvements.)