Saturday, December 21, 2013

EC Letter Writing

Writing a Covering Letter:


From
Rajashri Thekkayil
Thekkayil House
Post: Edakkara
Via: Chelannur
Dt: Calicut
PIN - 673616

To
The Manager
ABC School
Calicut-1

Date: 21st Dec 2013

Dear Sir/Madam


SUBJECT: To apply for the post of a teacher in your reputed school
REF:           Advertisement in Indian Express on 20th Dec 2013


This is to bring to your kind notice that I would like to be considered for the post of a teacher in your reputed school. I am enclosing a copy of my resume so that you may examine my qualifications.
May I request you to consider my candidature for the above mentioned post.

Thanking you
I remain

Yours sincerely
Rajashri Thekkayil
Sign:
Date:
Place:
A CV/Resume/Bio-Data



TO BE CONTINUED

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SIMPLE WAYS TO PRACTICE AND LEARN EC

There is a very simple way to learn EC and that is to start with questions about ourselves. For eg. you can ask a question to your friend (your English partner) like "What's your name? Where are you from? etc." These questions are also called Bio-data based questions because through them you are trying to find the other person's bio-data based information.
Another method is to ask questions about things around us for eg. When did you buy this table? From where did you buy it etc. This is also an easy way to practice EC and it is very much a useful experience because you are getting real information about a thing or a person.
Next method is to ask questions about something which has happened recently for eg. a family function/ an event in school/college/city etc.   
The fourth method is to ask question about somebody known to both the persons who are conversing. It can also be questions about a celebrity.
You can also interact with people by first listening to a good song, reading a newspaper report, watching a video, a TV program or showing a photo album. This is called interaction based method of practising EC. 
When there are many people in a group they can be asked to come individually to give a speech on a particular topic (or issue or problem). If they are not very confident they can also come in two's or three's or small teams and make the speech together by first discussing their ideas, ordering them and then expressing them in small sentences. Instead of giving a speech people can also debate the pros and cons of a decision/policy/technological device by diviing themeselves into small groups. A group communication can also be used to find a solution(s) to a social problem in a systematic and disciplined manner.
Another method to pratice EC when there are many people is to present role-plays or dramas in groups based on a theme or issue. 
When alone one can practice EC by reading newspapers, especially "Letters to Editor"  where you find the English expressions of common people, not professional writers. You can also send sms to your friends in English and then make a call asking about the sms that you had sent.
When you are with your friend you can tell him/her to ask questions to you imagining that she is talking to a character from a book/play/movie and you can respond from that character's POV(point of view). In fact this exercise can also be done by pretending that you are somebody else from real life who is known to both of you.
Then you can talk to your friend about something in your life which you are very much passionate about, something you find as a burden, some aspect of your life which you would want to change etc.
You can also imagine that your friend is going to write his/her autobiography and and you are asking questions in order to unravel interesting moments from the reader's POV(Point of View)
You can ask your friend questions like:
Whom would like to thank for your good life?
What is the message from your life for the younger generation?
Any one experience which you would want to describe in full detail?
Have you achieved both - success and happiness in life?
Do you think the world is better now or ten/twenty years ago?
Another method is to share five words with your friend and talk to each other using these words so that you practise their usage thoroughly.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Monday, December 9, 2013

EC - It's a Child's Right.


Today we have better schools than we had in the past, good syllabus, large number of dedicated teachers, immensely supportive parents, an English friendly society and a very passionate student community. Still why is it that we don't see good English speakers or communicators emerging in our society? What is the reason for this lack of confidence in English communication among our students ? 
 
One reason for the "POOR ENGLISH COMMUNICATION SKILLS AMONG STUDENTS" could be that we don't teach our students the "Logic of English sentences " ie., just like in Mathematics we have a mathematical logic like 1+2=3, similarly in case of English communication also there are some very basic rules which need to be discussed and learnt. 

A very commonly repeated mistake seen in our classrooms is a sentence like "Are you like music?" instead of the right sentence "Do you like music?". Similarly "Do your friend watch TV?"

This may be mainly because we don't TELL our students in a very clear and focused manner the RULES FOR MAKING SENTENCES IN ENGLISH. Without knowing these rules it is simply not possible to learn the art of English communication. Even a game like football or cricket or chess can be practiced and enjoyed universally only when the players are clear about all the rules. So I think if we start imparting English Communication training to students by starting with the rules of EC we will witness a change in the English Communication Skills of our school and college students which can result in a positive and healthy change in our social, economic, employment and education scenario.

Why don't we think along these lines:
English: It's a language of Power, a Motivational Tool and also a Life Skill.
English Communication: It's a child's right, a mind's delight and also a tool to fight.

 Let the discussion continue..

ENGLISH EDUCATION IN INDIA....an eye-opener

In our educational institutions, are we really teaching and helping students to communicate easily and effectively in English? If the answer is yes, then after completing their education how many of them can:
1. ask questions to their teachers in English on any topic of public/academic/vocational interest?

2. answer questions about their own "self" ie., Personal, Educational, Family and Career aspects?
3. make polite requests to get help from strangers in buses,trains or a foreign place?
4. take part in a group discussion and help in shaping the group opinion/perception on the given issue?
5. disagree with someone in a pleasant, peaceful and positive manner?
6. talk to tourists and guide them to a tourist destination in a warm and hospitable way?
7. make a good speech which is direct, less formal thus inspiring and heartfelt?
A shockingly small number of students who can do all these tasks fairly well would reveal to us that the English teaching and learning scenario in India is not what we can be proud of. It's not bright(or right) at all to any person who is concerned and committed about our students' EC skills.
And what is the reason for such a "not so bright (or right)" scenario?
One of the limitations of our English teaching is: The age old educational practice of upholding the supremacy of traditional grammar and literature in the name of English education in India when the most pressing need of the hour is - imparting "employable, empowering and enlightening" modern English Communication skills ie., Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading skills in English which form the major testing areas in exams and interviews for educational and career enrichment like CAT, IAS, Banking Exams, IELTS,TOEFL,etc. 
Besides, studying English is not glorifying text books,exams,writers or any type of accent and etiquettes. It is thinking, learning and speaking in English and also listening actively to a lot of English conversations of different types of people. 
And by the way which country in the whole world has the highest number of youngest English Communication aspirants (in the age group 15-30)...........it is Bharath or India.
So we need to think and move fast to cater to the needs of such a huge number of very young English learners who can make a great difference to their lives and society by a life -skill based, emotionally and intellectually engaging English education in India.
The bottom line is to make our "English education" an education in English language skills which can be very much used in the real life for employment,empowerment and enlightenment. There was a time when we worked for the English. Now let the English language work for us, in helping us to lead a better LIFE by Living our dreams, Inking our thoughts, Finding our sky and finally Earthing our pride

 
Jai Hind
Satyamev Jayate 
(The writer is an English Communication trainer. His email is cyberjosh123@yahoo.com)

Monday, December 2, 2013

TRANSFORMATIONAL ENGLISH


These 3 transformational scenes from the Hindi movie "3 Idiots" show the ways in which a good and wise friend can play the role of a career guide and help us to choose the right path in life, how a dutiful son persuades his parents to set him free from the prison of their ambitions about him and their vision/perception of how his "good life" should be and an interview where a candidate starts speaking from the bottom/core of his heart and completely disarms the interview panel with the value he attaches to the word "ATTITUDE".
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When Shashi, the character played by Sreedevi in the Hindi Movie Hinglish Vinglish is addressed by her English teacher with a new word ie., "an entrepreneur" she feels for the first time in her life that she also has a unique,respectful and dignified space in this big world. This realisation or awakening begins her new journey of self-transformation.

The magic of two words - "sorry" and "thank you" coupled with the warmth of empathetic understanding in communication transforms a broken heart in this video clip from Munnabhai MBBS.
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...to be continued

Sunday, December 1, 2013

EC SPEECHES

SACHIN TENDULKAR'S FAREWELL SPEECH "My life between 22 yards for 24 years"
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All my friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional (crowd gets louder and louder as he composes himself). My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It's getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage.
The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, my father. Without his guidance, I don't think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find short cuts. The path might be difficult, but don't give up, and I have simply followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to do and try my best. Every time I have done something special [and] showed my bat, it was [for] my father.
My mother, I don't know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. She just prayed and prayed and I think her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform, so a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices.
In my school days, for four years, I stayed with my uncle and aunt because my school was quite far from my home, and they treated me like their son. My aunt, after having had a hard day's play, I would be half asleep and she would be feeding me food so I could go again and play tomorrow. I can't forget these moments. I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way.
My eldest brother, Nitin, and his family, have always encouraged me. My eldest brother doesn't like to talk much, but the one thing he always told me is that whatever you do, I know you will always give it 100%, and that I have full faith and confidence in you. His encouragement meant a lot to me. My sister, Savita, and her family, was no different. The first cricket bat of my life was presented to me by my sister. It was a Kashmir willow bat. But that is where the journey began. She is one of those many who still continue to fast when I bat, so thank you very much.
Ajit, my brother, now what do I talk about him? I don't know. We have lived this dream together. He was the one who sacrificed his career for my cricket. He spotted the spark in me. And it all started from the age of 11 when he took me to Archrekar sir, my coach, and from there on my life changed. You will find this hard to believe but even last night he called to discuss my dismissal, knowing that there was a remote chance of batting again, but just the habit we have developed, the rapport we have developed, since my birth, has continued and it will continue. Maybe when I'm not playing cricket we will still be discussing technique. Various things we agreed upon, my technique, and so many technical things which I didn't agree with him, we have had arguments and disagreements, but when I look back at all these things in my life, I would have been a lesser cricketer [without him].
The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way. I know Anjali, being a doctor; there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that 'you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family'. Without that, I don't think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken. Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I've had in my life.
Then, the two precious diamonds of my life, Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them on special occasions like their birthdays, their annual days, their sports day, going on holidays, whatever. I have missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding. Both of you have been so, so special to me you cannot imagine. I promise you [that] for 14 and 16 years I have not spent enough time with both of you, but the next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.
My in-laws, Anand Mehta and Annabelle, both have been so, so supportive [and] loving and caring. I have discussed on various things in life, generally with them, and have taken their advice. You know, it's so important to have a strong family who is always with you and who are guiding you. Before you start clapping, the most important thing they did was allowing me to marry Anjali, so thank you very much.
In the last 24 years that I have played for India I have made new friends, and before that I have had friends from my childhood. They have all had a terrific contribution. As and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they have left their work aside to come and help me. Be it joining me on holidays and having discussions with me on cricket, or how I was a little stressed and wanting to find a solution so I can perform better. All those moments my friends were with me. Even for when I was injured, I would wake up in the morning because I couldn't sleep and thought that my career was over because of injuries, that is when my friends have woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning to drive with me and make me believe that my career was not over. Life would be incomplete without all those friends. Thanks for being there for me.
My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother [Ajit] took me to Achrekar sir. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. When I was 11/12, those were the days when I used to hop back on his scooter and play a couple of practice matches a day. The first half the innings I would be batting at Shivaji Park, the second half, at some other match in Azad Maidan. He would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I got match practice. On a lighter note, in the last 29 years, sir has never ever said 'well played' to me because he thought I would get complacent and I would stop working hard. Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career, because there are no more matches, sir, in my life. I will be witnessing cricket, and cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much.
My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which is so dear to me. I remember landing from New Zealand at four o'clock in the morning, and turning up for a game here at eight o'clock just because I wanted to be a part of Mumbai cricket, and not that somebody forced me. That was for the love of Mumbai cricket, and thank you very much. The president is here so thank you very much, along with your team, for taking care of me and looking after my cricket.
The dream was obviously to play for India, and that is where my association with BCCI started. BCCI was fantastic, right from my debut they believed in my ability and selecting me into the squad at the age of 16 was a big step, so thanks to all the selectors for having faith in me and the BCCI for giving me the freedom to express myself out in the middle. Things would have been different if you had not been behind me, and I really appreciate your support. Especially when I was injured, you were right with me and making sure that all the treatments were taken care of, and that I got fit and fine and playing [right] back for India. The journey has been special, the last 24 years, I have played with many senior cricketers, and even before that there were many senior cricketers with whom I watched on television. They inspired me to play cricket, and to play in the right way. Thanks to all those senior cricketers, and unfortunately I have not been able to play with them, but I have high regards for all their achievements and all their contributions. We see it on the mega-screen, Rahul, Laxman, Sourav, and Anil, who is not here, and my team-mates right here in front me. You are like my family away from home. I have had some wonderful times with you. It is going to be difficult to not be part of the dressing room, sharing those special moments. All the coaches for their guidance, it has been special for me. I know when MS Dhoni presented me the 200th Test match cap on day one morning. I had a brief message for the team. I would like to repeat that. I just feel that all of us are so, so fortunate and proud to be part of the Indian cricket team and serving the nation. Knowing all of you guys, I know you will continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and right values. I believe we have been the lucky ones to be chosen by the Almighty to serve this sport. Each generation gets this opportunity to take care of this sport and serve it to the best of our ability. I have full faith in you to continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and to the best of your ability, to bring all the laurels to the country. All the very best.
I would be failing in my duties if I did not thank all the doctors, the physios, the trainers, who have put this difficult body together to go back on the field and be able to play. The amount of injuries that I have had in my career, I don't know how you have managed to keep me fit, but without your special efforts, it would never have happened. The doctors have met me at weird hours. I mean I have called them from Mumbai to Chennai, Mumbai to Delhi, I mean wherever. They have just taken the next flight and left their work and families to be with me, which has allowed me to play. So a big thank you to all three of you for keeping me in good shape.
My dear friend, late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. We unfortunately lost him in a car accident in 2001, but he was such a well-wisher of cricket, my cricket, and especially Indian cricket. He was so passionate. He understood what it takes to represent a nation and gave me all the space to go out and express myself, and never pressurised me to do this ad or promotion or whatever the sponsors demanded. He took care of that and today I miss him, so thank you Mark for all your contribution.
My current management team, WSG, for repeating what Mark has done, because when I signed the contract I exactly told them what I want from them, and what it requires to represent me. They have done that and respected that.
Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my manager, Vinod Nayudu. He is more like my family and all the sacrifices, spending time away from his family for my work, has been special, so big thank you to his family as well for giving up so much time for my work with Vinod.
In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. They continue to do that till this morning. Thank you so much to the media for supporting and appreciating my performances. It surely had a positive effect on me. Thank you so much to all the photographers as well for those wonderfully captured moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life, so a big thank you to all the photographers.
I know my speech is getting a bit too long (crowd roars), but this is the last thing I want to say. I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever you have done for me.
I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn't have been like this for me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially "Sachin, Sachin" which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.
Charlie Chaplin's Speech in the 1940 movie "The Great Dictator"
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I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost....
 The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. .....
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
Nehru’s Message to the Nation on the Independence Day 

"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity. 


SHAKESPEARE IN JULIUS CAESAR


Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I have come to help in Caesar's burial, not to praise him.
The evil deeds that men do, live after their deaths. Their good acts are often forgotten.
Let it be so with Caesar.
The noble Brutus has told you that Caesar was ambitious. If that was true, it was a severe fault and Caesar has paid a heavy penalty for it. Here, by permission of Brutus and the others - for Brutus is an honourable man - as the others are also honourable men - have I come to speak at Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and true to me.   
But Brutus says he was ambitious, and we must remember that Brutus is an honourable manprisoners of war back to Rome and the money paid for their liberation went into the public treasury. Did this seem ambitious on Caesar's part? - Caesar has brought many 
When poor suffered, Caesar wept for them. Ambition should show a harder nature than that.
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honourable man.
You all saw how on the festival of Lupercal I had offered him the Royal Crown which he refused thrice. Was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and certainly he is an honourable man. I am not trying to contradict what Brutus has said. I am only telling you what I know for myself.
You all loved him once, and not without good reason. What reason is there now that should prevent you from mourning him?
Oh, common intelligence has become the property of animals, for men have lost their reason! Be patient with me. My heart is full of grief for Caesar there in his coffin, and I  must wait wait till I am calm again.     
Concluding.....with....
If I were Brutus and he were Antony then he would be able to stir you spirits and make a fluent tongue of every wound of Caesar's that would make even the stones of the road in Rome rise up in rebellion.

LET HIM LEARN TO LEARN BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN
He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader...
Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend.
It will take time, I know, but teach him, if you can, that a dollar earned is of far more value than five found...
Teach him to learn to lose...and also to enjoy winning, steer him away from envy, if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.
Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick...
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books...but also give him quiet time to ponder...the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on a green hillside!
In school, teach him it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat...
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas...
Teach him to be gentle with with gentle people; and tough with the tough.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the bandwagon.
Teach him to listen to all men...but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad...
Teach him there is no shame in tears.
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness...
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob...and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage to be impatient...let him have the patience to brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have  
sublime faith in mankind. 

So keep listening and thus learning EC with speeches.....wishing you the good fortune of coming across more great speeches...v.k