Monday, June 29, 2015

SEMINARS ON "HOW to think in ENGLISH !!"

This is what I would like to make sure in my seminar ...that each and every student attending it understands this simple logic around which the whole world of English Communication works....and by knowing it they can bring English into their thoughts...they can start THINKING IN ENGLISH ...after which speaking and using English in life situations is just is just the next is automatic...I mean we can't help it...we cannot stop ourselves from NOT doing it.

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Took a basic course in English Communication in May 2015 for Plus One VHSE [Two Batches]
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Took a session on "Thinking with English Sentences" for school children on May 6th[2pm -5pm]2015

Govt. Model HSS Calicut (2014)

College of Nursing Calicut (2014)
Food Craft Institute, Calicut (2013)
School of Nursing, Calicut (2013)
K.V.No.1 Kozhikode (2010)
Sree Sankaracharya Computer Centre Calicut (2012)


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sharing a few thoughts on the book - "Think in English"

During a UGC sponsored National Conference in Kozhikode on English Language teaching one of the teachers from a reputed B.Ed college in Andhra Pradesh was heard saying in front of a big audience that there is no such thing called logic in making English sentences. And he also said that he has been teaching English for the last twenty years. So that's it. Don't try to question the traditional method of teaching English. Or in other words, don't try to free yourself from the clutches of the educational system designed by the colonial masters. Stick to Lord Macaulay's minutes. This is what we have been doing to our children. Imposing our traditional mindset on the next generation.
Why do we discriminate between English and other subjects? For eg. in case of Mathematics we teach our children the logic of Mathematics. We teach them 1+2=3, 2x3=6 etc. We teach them how to think in Mathematics. We empower them with the power of Maths. But what do we do in the case of English. We start teaching with English grammar and further confuse the child who is interested in learning how to communicate his/her thoughts in English.Why? 
Is it not a child's right to learn the logic of making sentences in English from primary classes itself? Forget primary classes, even in secondary classes we don't quench a student's thirst when he/she tries to know anything related to the "formula of a simple English sentence". This is like saying that since WE don't know so nobody should know or nobody should try to know. What kind of an argument is this?

Why don't we have the courage/the spine to tell our students to "Think in English" and communicate their thoughts about their own issues, dreams, aims, fears and desires/culture and society, emotions and ambitions in the most modern, updated, used, versatile, rich, developed language in the world? Why can't we "Think Locally and stay Globally"? To put it clearly and most simplistically "Why can't we use the power of EC(English Communication) to unite our thoughts, empathise with our fellow beings and move forward as a society, as a nation, as human race? Who/What is stopping us? Is it our own ignorance? Or is it our fear of the unknown even if that is going make us stronger, more empowered and more enlightened and the people ruling us weaker, less powerful and vulnerable?  

10+2+3+2.....How many more years do we need to make a child Sentence-Literate?
How many more classes do we need to make one understand the Logic of making a simple sentence in English?
How many more books should a person read to learn the basics of English Communication? How many?

The battle has just begun...The war has just started....This ILLITERACY will end ONE DAY.

This blog/book is just a small candle to keep the hope ALIVE. Let the British hangover on our policy makers continue. But the truth will appear one day for all to see and realise. This blog/book is just a small step in seeing the obvious which our traditional educational system and institutions just don't want to admit. And the truth is "It is very easy to THINK IN ENGLISH"


Saturday, June 27, 2015

How this blog happened...

Connecting the dots...

There was a time in my life when I wanted to get a job as a tutor at a private institute to begin my career as a trainer/tutor/educator. I happened to see an advertisement of a reputed institute which was looking for Spoken English tutors. After going through the advt. I realised that I had little chance as they were looking for a well qualified/experienced candidate.
But I wanted to work there at any cost as I thought that this would help me to get the right understanding, experience and knowledge of this field of English Communication Training. During that time this was the only institute working in this field and the people running it had a very good reputation, experience and credentials. But the question which I kept asking myself was: How to get a job there as a trainer?
So while I was sitting one day in my study room I thought of writing a letter to the Managing Director of the Spoken English Institute, in a conversational format. I imagined in that letter that I had been invited for an interview for the post of a tutor-trainer and I was talking to the MD. I wrote the imaginary script of the conversation and posted it. After a few days I got a reply asking me to meet the undersigned. Thus began my career as a Spoken English tutor.

An incident that Transformed me.
After working as a Spoken English Tutor for a long time I decided to take a break and joined a school in Tirur as a teacher in the same subject. I had to reach the place by catching a train in the early morning. It required me to get ready by 6 am, catch a bus to the city, then walk a few minutes to the railway station and from there board a train, a hectic routine in all ways. After a few months I got an offer from a company which was into training students for competitive exams like CAT, MAT, GRE etc. I was not very keen to join since I had agreed to be in the school job for the full academic year. Besides I enjoyed the whole experience of commuting by train, the vibrant school atmosphere, the dynamic extra-curricular activities etc.

It was then that accident happened. Once while making it to the morning train to reach the school I fell from another train stationed there and fractured my left hand. What was amazing was that I got sorrounded by a horde of commuters all enquiring and looking concerned about my plight. I took a two months leave which led to the termination of my school job and the beginning of another experience as a faculty for CAT/MAT/GRE exams. It was like destiny helping me to get this new job which looked very daunting in the beginning. But as the days passed I experienced a lot of creative satisfaction while interacting with the IIM aspirants.

A small class that gave me the Insight.

It was a summer vacation when I got a call from a computer institute asking me if I could take a vacation batch in Spoken English for a few school students. I accepted the offer and went to take my first class. But the class was not exactly like what I had imagined. There were just four students and they were not serious learners either. I started with the basic rules to make English sentences and asked them to write these rules seeing the board. They made a lot of spelling mistakes even while copying things from the board. 
This made me worried and I started thinking about what their parents would think if they were to check their notebooks. Then I remembered that all these students had told me that they had computers at home having access to the Internet. This was the moment that led to the thought of making a blog having all the rules of making simple English sentences for these playful kids. I was thus freed of my worries of  how to make them write well as they could always see the blog from home and correct their mistakes if any. This experience led to the making of this blog.

A REAL conversation that made things easy.  

Once while walking to the bus stop after my work I happened to notice the office premises of the New Indian Express Newspaper. I just felt like having a meeting/discussion with the editor on the idea of using blogs for educational purposes.
The conversation was positive and creative and subsequently he asked me to meet their reporter. After a few days I got a call from them saying that the Express reporter and photographer are going to pay me a visit. They came in the afternoon and did a small interview which got published in their newspaper after a week. This made the blog known to people around me. Even now sometimes I am asked questions about this blog. 


Friday, June 26, 2015

The writer/blogger...

Vinod Kaliyath hails from Pattarpalam near Chelannur in Kozhikode(Calicut) in Kerala, India.

He has taken English Communication(EC) classes at various institutions in Kozhikode like : Calicut Medical College, Govt. College of Nursing, Govt. School of Nursing, Dist. Centre for English, K.V No.1, T.I.M.E, CREST(Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation), FCI(Food Craft Institute), PVS School of Nursing, IMS,Sree Sankaracharya Computer Center, SUCCESS GARTEN(Thiruvambadi), ICANAS, AFT, Avalon Academy, Arena Multimedia, Aviation Academy, VETA, Veda Vyasa(MBA batch), Ichannur School(Pattarpalam), KDCH(Kozhikode District Co-operative  Hospital) Nursing School, MES Central School(Tirur), CGA(Career Guidance Academy) and also for Mata Amritanandamayi Matam(Tanur), Paragon Restaurant Staff (Calicut), Institute of Commerce, JDT and ZADOKZ Institute in the last 12 years since 2000. Besides this, he has also taken workshops on English Communication for school teachers and students.

He is also a Skill Development Executive(SDE) for ASAP(Additional Skills Acquisition Programme)  initiated by the Govt.of Kerala in 2012.  He has taken classes for ASAP students doing the Level-1 course in Communicative English and IT  for 180 hours at GVHSS Payyoli, Kozhikode.

He has also taken classes for competitive exams like: IELTS, IIM-CAT, MAT, MCA Entrance,GRE, BANK PO, PSC and CRT in verbal ability.

Abbreviations Used:
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
IIM: Indian Institite of Management
CAT: Common Admission Test
MAT: Management Aptitude Test
MCA: Master of Computer Applications
GRE: Graduate Record Exam   
PO: Probationary Officer
CRT: Campus Recruitment Training
PSC: Public Service Commission

(Nature of organisations/work places: Under Central Govt., State Govt., Co-operative Sector and Private/Corporate Sector.
For his complete resume click here and for a detailed work profile click here.  
For his latest CV click here.

His email address is 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Canadian girl's speech at 1992 Earth Summit

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Editor's note: The following is the transcript of the speech that Severn Suzuki gave to the Plenary Session at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio Centro, Brazil. Severn was twelve years old. SASS feels there is no better example of a young person standing up and speaking on behalf of something in which they truly believe, for the betterment of themselves and the world around them.
Hello, I'm Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. - The Environmental Children's Organisation.
We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to make a difference:
Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We raised all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future.
Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.
I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go. We cannot afford to be not heard.
I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don't know what chemicals are in it.
I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals and plants going exinct every day -- vanishing forever.
In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterfilies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.
Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?
All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I'm only a child and I don't have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you!
* You don't know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.
* You don't know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream.
* You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct.
* And you can't bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert.
If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!
Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organisers, reporters or poiticians - but really you are mothers and fathers, brothers and sister, aunts and uncles - and all of you are somebody's child.
I'm only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same air, water and soil -- borders and governments will never change that.
I'm only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.
In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel.
In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth, afraid to share.
In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water and shelter -- we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.
Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told us: "I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection."
If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everyting still so greedy?
I can't stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.
I'm only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be!
At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us:
* not to fight with others,
* to work things out,
* to respect others,
* to clean up our mess,
* not to hurt other creatures
* to share - not be greedy.
Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?
Do not forget why you're attending these conferences, who you're doing this for -- we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying "everyting's going to be alright", "we're doing the best we can" and "it's not the end of the world".
But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says "You are what you do, not what you say."
Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown ups say you love us. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words. Thank you for listening