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Ms Jennifer Thomas

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education

M.A. in English,
M.A. in Elementary Education

Jennifer has been working in the area of school education and teacher education directly through sites of practice since early 2008. 

She worked with an NGO, Muktangan Education Centre, Mumbai as a teacher and later as a teacher educator  between 2009-2014. She led the language department where she designed and taught pre-service and in-service courses on English Language Teaching (ELT) and Proficiency in English. 

She is a recepient of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust Short Term Fellowship Grants (2012-'13) which allowed her to work with literacy based organisations across India and compile a resource book on Story Read Alouds for the Classroom. 

Jennifer was a member of the State Resource Group for English constituted under the MPSP (2011) and a member of the English Team of the National University Students Skill Development Program (2014) at TISS. 

At CEIAR, she led the design and development of technology based Communicative English programs for the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx). She is committed to bridging the gap between schools and spaces of higher education. Since June 2018 Jennifer divides her time between TISS and a Mumbai based school where she works with students and teachers. 



Jennifer's main area of research is language education. 

She is interested in questions of classroom talk, reading comprehension, teaching of literature and multilingual education in India. 

Her work at the Connected Learning Initiative has helped her focus on aspects of Design Based Research and Materials Design. 

She is also interested in program evaluation connected to literacy interventions and in-service teacher education programs. 

  • Thomas,J. (2019) Blogs as a tool for  reflective teaching. Teacher Plus August 2019. http://www.teacherplus.org/blogs-as-a-tool-for-reflective-teaching/
  • Thomas, J. and Madnani, M. Collaboration and Creativity. Educare Vol. 20 (1) pp. 22 - 24
  •  Thomas, J. (2018) Mama, Let’s read two stories, Torchlight, Volume 1(6), https://journal.bookwormgoa.in/mama-lets-read-two-stories/
  •  Kumar, R. Thomas,J. (2018,  July) Integrating ICT in schools: Designing interventions for scale, Teacher Plus, Volume 16 (8) pp. 50 - 53
  • Bhonsale,S., Thomas,J. Nagappa A., Hsiao,L. (2018) Creating meaning focused materials for a TELL Course: An example from India in Bouckaert, M., Konings, M., van Winkelhof, M.(eds.) Meaning-focused materials for language learning. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  •  Thomas, J. (2017) Technology Innovations for Language Learning, Language and Language Teaching, Volume 6 Number 2 (Issue 12)
  •  Thomas, J. (2017). [Review of the book Teaching Learning Resources by Disha Nawani] Indian Journal of Social Work, 78 (4), 723-732.
  • Jayendran, N., Murali, L., Ramanathan, A., Thomas, J., Bhonsale, S., Mani, R., Nagpal, S., Kulkarni, M., Task Complexity, Peer Interaction and Learner Autonomy: A Case Study. Paper presented at 7th International Conference in Language Education and Innovation 2017 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 20th-21st May, 2017 

Materials Design and Research at the Connected Learning Initiative

Program Evaluation for Centre for Equity and Quality in Education's (CEQUE) In-service program in Maharashtra called Teacher Pages Innovator Fellowship (2016-17)

Program Evaluation for The Teacher Foundation's In-Service Program in Karnataka called Coaching for School Success. (2018-19)

Jennifer co-teaches the First Language Pedagogy paper offered to the M.A Elementary Education (M.A. EE) students at TISS. 

Email: jennifer.thomas[at]tiss[dot]edu