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[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 […]

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[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 […]

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[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 […]

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[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 […]

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[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on The innovative instructor | ]

Ratna Rao The teaching and learning process needs at least three domains – the teacher, the learner and the curriculum. This process can either be teacher-centred or learner-centred. Child-centred learning is not as easy as it is made out to be. One needs to pursue methods and strategies to develop creativity and thinking skills, such […]

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[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Keep it simple, silly! | ]

Usha Raman This headline is a corrupted version of the popular rule – Keep it simple, stupid*. It is changed here because I did not want to run the risk of offending readers right from the first line! This is a basic rule of good writing that we tend to disregard in practice. So, in […]

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[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Upholding – standards! | ]

Dharani Kothandapani English is not foreign to most Indians. It is so common to hear English words interspersed with the local tongue so much so, that they do not seem like English words any more. They have become part of the local languages of our country. In Chennai, pedestrians when asked for directions tell us: […]

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[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Learning the nuances – confident, comfortable communication | ]

Latha Vasu The Oxford English Dictionary defines language as “human communication through the use of spoken or written words” and “a particular system or style of spoken or written communication”. English, or any other language for that matter, in my view, has to be handled differently from other subjects such as science and mathematics. While […]

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[1 Jun 2012 | Comments Off on Memories of my English Classes | ]

Rajib Chandra Kotal I am a student of class X. I feel that we have not been taught English properly. Our English classes started from Class III. Our teacher used to write on the board and we used to read out aloud. That is how we began learning A B C D. From class V […]