Best Schools in Pune where English Medium Means ENGLISH
By Madhurie Singh, January 06, 2014
In India there are 4 types of English medium schools.
The first one where there is a big board hanging outside the school with the word “English” written along with the name of the school. The English starts and ends there! Most of the PMC runs schools and Gov. aided schools fall under this category.
The second type of school is where the books are also in English, but teachers teach in the local vernacular languages. How convenient!
The third type of school is where the English is used amongst teachers, when communicating with the parents, with the students too while teaching but it’s is not a compulsion. So students are free to communicate in any language with their peer within the school premise. These kids have no fluency in conversing in English, even when they have been studying in these schools since the Nursery class! They know the language, but they do not know it so well to actually think in English and form good sentences. They most of the time think in their native language and translate sometimes word by word in English. The pronunciation of the words is also not too good. Most schools in Pune fall under this category. Some of the schools are Bishops, VPMS, St Arnold’s Podar, Dastur, Hutchings, Pawar Public, Indira Nationals, Magarpatta School, Orbis, Lexicon, Gurukul Express, etc.
The fourth type of school is where it is compulsory to talk to everyone only in English all the time. The fluency of the English language is great. The children from these schools have good command over the English language and think too in this language. A few schools in Pune which fall under this category are Symbiosis International, DPS (loosing the hold on English slowly), St Mary’s , Euro School, Vibgyor, Billabong, Vidya Valley, Orchid, Indus, MIT Gurukul, DY Patil, Mercedez Benz etc.