English

Vijay Padaki

Opening Thoughts

When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer?

The seventh issue of LLT has a range of articles on language - from 'Writing in Indian Schools' and 'The Journey of an Early Literacy Programme' to 'Analysing Facebook in Language Learning' and 'Generating Discourses in English Classrooms'. The issue also includes classroom activities, book reviews, suggested readings, and an interview with Linguistics Professor A.K. Sinha.

 

"Art has this wonderful capacity of being all interlinked," says Naina, a teacher at Vidyaranya School, Hyderabad.
In this video, she shares her reflections on teaching English.

Improving your language and building your vocabulary through attendance and self evaluation...

The Government Primary School Jasvawala is located in a rural area of Roorkee Block, Haridwar District, Uttarakhand.Pankaj Kumar, the Principal, saw that there were very few opportunities for children to enhance their vocabulary in Hindi and English. Also, he wanted to utilize the time for taking attendance every morning in a productive way.

Introduction: The assessment is a tool of measurement in gauging the impact of various aspects in the education system. These ranges from evaluating children’s learning as cognitive achievement in specific subjects to teachers’ proficiency in the teaching - learning process and from the impact of various kinds of schools to mediums of instructions on children’s performance.

The second issue - July 2012 -  of LLT has articles on textbooks - 'Choosing Texts for Teachers' and 'Impact of Content: English Textbook Designing in India' and takes a look at "evaluation", 'Multilingualism and Bilingualism for Language Teachers' and the 'Theory and Practice of Language Teaching'. Read on to see how cartoon shows and Augsto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed can be used as pedagogical tools.

Here is a short video, captured on a cell phone, showing how a teacher went about teaching the students how to construct sentences in English.

The activity is to be done in small groups.

Here are a few activities that were conducted for a large group of children during their summer camp. They enjoyed the activity based learning and were happy that they could speak, read & write so much English. Teachers can use these activities in the classroom too!

Teaching English to children who have not been exposed to the language since childhood is a herculean task. Since most of these children are either bilingual or multilingual, they naturally tend to construct sentences by translating the ideas in their minds literally and word for word in the same order, into English.

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