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[1 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]

Ananthajyothi A few weeks ago a student came up to me and asked: “Do we need to study poetry?” This was no existential question; he just wanted to know if he could skip poetry for the forthcoming exams. While younger students often enjoy rhyme, rhythm and imagery in the poems they memorise in their language […]

For the love of language, May-June 2012 »

[1 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

Bubla Basu “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings,” (Act I, Scene ii, Julius Caesar). Even as we make a ritual of blaming the syllabus and the powers that be, every teacher of English who reads this quotation, (even those who take pride in top examination […]

For the love of language, May-June 2012 »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on To master a language | ]

Sheel English occupies a special place in India: a language that came to us from a different land, it is one that began to be taught in our country even before it became a subject of study in the country of its origin, one that became a link between different regions of our country, one […]

For the love of language, May-June 2012 »

[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Soft-footing into poetry | ]

Venkatesh Onkar
Poetry helps a child’s imagination blossom. And the best way to teach young kids poetry is to allow them to intepret a poem and discover its richness for themsleves with the teacher intefering only if necessary.