Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Let's pause for a few minutes and ask a few questions to ourselves:Is it necessary that we should teach all our academic subjects in English medium?
Why can't we use our own language for imparting educational content?
Is it humanly possible to communicate emotional feelings, care and concerns, moral and cultural ethos in a foreign tongue? Whom are we trying to fool? Ourselves or our children?
Why do we need an alien language to communicate with our children?
And regarding learning and improving EC skills....
Why can't we impart EC skills to our students using creative and effective tools/techniques/exercises by welcoming the services of competent EC users as mentors/guides/coaches/role models?
Is it possible for a non-user of English language/a theoretical, textbook teacher of English to inspire others to have skills which they themselves don't have/practice/improve for eg. Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing?
By creating more and more English medium schools aren't we raising a generation which is indifferent to our culture/history/social needs/values and also lacking confidence in their EC skills?
To put it satirically aren't we killing two birds with one stone ie., both English and our own native language?
Doesn't this reflect in the names of 99% of our movies? Why don't we feel motivated when the names of these movies are in our own native language?
Let's make our country a place where native languages are respected, recognized and represented in the best possible/most creative and powerful way.
Asatho Ma--Sath Gamaya
Tamaso Ma--Jyothir Gamaya
Mrithyor Ma--Amritam GamayaTO BE CONTINUED...
Monday, April 3, 2017
What does it mean to "Think in English"?
"Think in English" just means to think about anything/everything in English Sentences(or using English Sentences). The Great Art of Making English Sentences(GAMES). No pun intended. It's a serious issue because this aspect of life is never discussed in our educational institutions.
What is actually taught/discussed in educational institutions then?
We always see English as a means to show our supremacy, our status, our knowledge, our position, our good manners/etiquette(soft skills) etc. In short English becomes a vehicle to showcase our ego-based-desires and also to give vent to our emotional outbursts. English is never seen as a tool for social empowerment, to create better thinkers, better speakers, better leaders.
We focus our English learning to "succeed" in some specific/particular situations like Interviews/Public Events etc. So naturally schools/colleges/institutes also teach the same thing, English expressions for others, by others, of others. The learner, his/her thoughts, is always ignored. This means until our attitude towards "English" changes, the educational system will remain the same.
What are the consequences of this teaching/learning English for being "successful" in some specific/select/special situations like Job Interviews, Tourist Interactions, customer-client communication etc.?
Because of this, English that we learn is not used for greater purposes like nation building, creating jobs for socially and economically backward, and for uniting/integrating the society and achieving results/progress as a nation. English should become a means to achieve equality in society.
How will "Think in English" help to speak fast and fluently?
"Think in English" means to think about what to speak and not how to speak because you have already taught your sub-conscious mind the "Way-Method-Logic" to think in English. So the speech is fast and fluent.
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TO BE CONTINUED...
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Saturday, April 1, 2017
COME, SEE & BE the CHANGE (C-S-B-C) Mission
1. Went to SNG Chelannur B.Ed Centre and had a class for the students there who were doing their B.Ed course. Told them about SPAR and also the Combination game. Also gave them the book named "Think in English"
2. Went to AKKR Boys' School and had a class for the students of 10 th class. Asked the students to come as a small team to the front (3-4 in numbers) and they have to ask the audience a question using any of the twelve combinations which were:
The questions were about topics like favourite subject, game, dish, actor, place, state, country, person, book, movie, job, brand, TV show etc.
3. Went to TTC Institute: The class was as described above for the students of TTC or Diploma in Education.
4. Went to BEM Girls' school and had a class for the students of 12 th class (Humanities batch). The class was as described above.
5. Went to AKKR Girls' School and had a class for the students of 10 th class. Asked the students to come as a small team to the front (3-4 in numbers) and they have to ask the audience questions given on a sheet of paper which were as given below:
1. Are you healthy ?
2. Were you on leave ?
3. Will you be free in the evening ?
4. Have you ever been a class leader ?
5. Do you have brothers ?
6. Did you have a class yesterday ?
7. Will you have any programs tomorrow ?
8. Are there a lot of students here ?
9. Was there a class yesterday ?
10. Will there be a holiday tomorrow ?
11. Do you wake up early ?
12. Do you like flowers ?
13. Are you reading a book ?
14. Are you attending any class today ?
15. Have you seen my new text book ?
16. Have you been waiting for me ?
17. Did you study well ?
18. Were you reading a book ?
19. Will you help me ?
20. Will you be riding a cycle today ?
21. Are you given books to read ?
22. Are you known by your first name ?
23. Are you being taught English ?
24. Are you being taught computers today ?
25. Have you been vaccinated ?
26. Were you served food in the morning ?
27. Were you being taught Maths just now ?
28. Will you be taken for a tour this year ?
29. Can I wait here ?
30. Could I wait here ?
31. May I wait here ?
32. Shall I wait here ?
33. Should I wait here ?
34. Must I wait here ?
35. Do I need to wait here ?
36. Do I ought to come tomorrow ?
37. Do I have to come here ?
38. Did you use to play Football ?
39. Would you like to wait here ?
40. I might come tomorrow.
Also while talking to the students introduced English as a tool rather than a mere language; a tool which can increase your chances of survival, success and happiness. And therefore having/owning a tool is not enough, we need to know how to use it skillfully, ie., we need to master it. When we learn to do it, we change our status and our possessions also change. We change our habits and attitudes. Our story changes its course. It has more twists and turns making life more adventurous and thrilling.
TO BE CONTINUED...