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[1 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

One of the biggest conundrums facing our education system at all levels, from the pre-kindergarten to the advanced tertiary, is the language question. Teachers struggle with building relationships and understanding with toddlers who come into their classrooms from multiple linguistic backgrounds. Professors at the postgraduate level struggle with the same issue, rendered many times more […]

May-June 2012, Primary Concepts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Pull out your ‘magic bag’ of tricks! | ]

Gita Krenek One of the most useful ‘resources’ I have found to help me get children to speak English has been what is called a ‘magic bag’ – in other words, a bag full of all sorts of bits and pieces. These could be things that lie around your house, such as a (small) book, […]

May-June 2012, Primary Concepts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Words from my world | ]

Sheela Ramakrishnan If a child can apply what he/she has learnt in daily life, then we can claim that teaching or educating has been effective. In that sense we can say that all learning is from life for life. The backbone of all human interaction is language; language is also the link to comprehending and […]

May-June 2012, Primary Concepts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Get it from the horse’s mouth | ]

Leena Anil Teaching students to speak in a language which is not their own is a challenge, be it one or fifty students. The analogy that comes to mind is of learning the cuisine of another country. Take for example, French cuisine. If you are adventurous and want to bake your own bread, you might […]

May-June 2012, Primary Concepts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Learning to read: recognizing the challenges | ]

Gurveen Kaur Teaching reading to children from print-rich backgrounds as well as print-deprived backgrounds has made me realise that there are important unnoticed and overlooked gaps that must be filled in for the second set of children. Any child who comes from a family of readers and plenty of books, has a different introduction to […]

May-June 2012, Nuts and Bolts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Spinning stories | ]

Chintan Girish Modi When a colleague of mine introduced me to a little story book called Mr Forgetful, I read it with great delight and amusement. It seemed like the perfect thing to share with children, both for its simplicity and its capacity to induce laughter. On my second reading, I was struck by the […]

May-June 2012, Nuts and Bolts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on “Songs? No way!” | ]

S Upendran I began using songs in the English language classroom over twenty years ago, and I have found them useful not only in teaching the four skills of language – reading, writing, speaking and listening – but also grammar; a subject that is often loathed by both students and teachers alike! I must confess […]

May-June 2012, Nuts and Bolts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on A need to focus on the basics | ]

Usha Chandrasekaran In one of my postgraduate classes in English I came across Kayalvizhi who was zealous about learning. She displayed a remarkable understanding of English Literature. With all her flair for fresh thinking, Kayalvizhi stammered a lot while speaking; her writing was intermittent and jerky. During one of our ever-lengthening seminar sessions I learnt […]

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[1 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

Mini Joseph “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin This is exactly the kind of teacher I would appreciate because he or she would enable the student to think creatively and critically beyond the textbook, in other words ‘beyond chalk and talk.’ It […]

May-June 2012, Nuts and Bolts »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on The argumentative student | ]

Kamakshi Balasubramanian What is an argument? When we hear the word ‘argument’, we think of heated debates, courtroom battles between highly articulate and clever lawyers, and just plain noisy disagreements between people who hold different opinions and viewpoints. There’s more to an argument than that. When we present an argument, we advance facts and reasons […]