Having teachers in your life is a blessing but
along with that being a teacher is also a blessing. A teacher is the one who
not only teaches their students but learns so many things from them. There is a
beautiful relationship between a teacher and a student. The moment teacher step
into the classroom there is a different world full of amazing ideas,
imagination and the best part is enthusiastic students. The most important
thing is to see and recognize all good things that are there around you. The
way sun shines and brings brightness to endless life is the same way where
students shine and bring enlightenment into their lives. What exactly they
need is the ability to see and transform themselves. This way a learner can be
a good teacher and a teacher can be a good learner.
The best teachers are those who show you where
to look but don't tell you what to see. Happy Teacher's Day.
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI - Rajkot
have power to destroy and heal. - The Buddha
and wherever we are today it’s because of our words that we have used in our
life. Using minimum words and conveying maximum thought is heart of
communication. One of the problem with vocabulary is that students (we also) do
not remember new words for longer time, I had question in mind that how we can
teach vocabulary in such way that students can remember
it for longer time. I tried to find out answer. There are some techniques that
I have come across which teacher can experiment for example teaching words with
different images, showing movie scenes in which character uses that particular word,
using it in their conversation, recording that conversation, creating story by
using that particular word, creating what’s app group etc. I have experimented
some of the techniques.
words with different images:
says whatever we see we can remember it for longer time. When I teach anything
and when I use any word that students find difficult I explain that word by
showing image of that word for example ‘LIONIZE’ means to treat someone as
celebrity, after explaining usage of that word, I showed an image of that word
on projector screen (type particular word on Google and click on image)
I also explain it with white board.
my lab, Students have created WhatsApp group for learning vocabulary. I have
advised them to introduce any new words with images in group and then they are
supposed to make sentence of that words.
through particular movie scene:
like when you talk about movie. Movies are source of learning. Students might
not remember text but they remember dialogues of the movies. For example, I
taught word ‘ENTREPRENEUR’ by showing movie clip of English Vinglish.
questions are: have they learnt words in a better way? Are they able to use
effective words? Are they now able to remember words for longer time? Answers
of these questions will be written in my next article.
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI -
was in search of some good resources for reading comprehension.
There are various books of and on reading comprehension available but
from them what to choose and how to customize was the issue. At the same time
to give something as an exercise which is latest or at least updated is also
the point to be considered. While searching for the resources I came
across two good websites. I would like to share them with you.
makes teacher's task easy. It has latest articles on various issues, the good
part is, with questions for comprehension and analysis. Even there is Before Reading material
provided as well as a stimulus for after reading analysis. This may
work with students good at language.
is also similar kind of a website but may work better with students as it is
for students, keeping their level and need in mind. You find sections such as
Daily News Article, Friday's Editorial Cartoon, Friday's News Quiz, Wednesday's
Media Bias etc. Moreover, you find notes on key words, questions and answers,
other resources etc all in a printable format.
can customize these resources as per the need and use them not just
for reading comprehension but for varied purposes. Hope this may be
useful. Happy Musing!
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI - Rajkot
9-11 March, 2017
In accordance with the overarching goal
of MEFGI, the Department of Communication Skill had
organized a 3day Faculty Development Program (FDP) for the faculties of the
Department. The program focused on innovative
techniques and tools for teaching English language and communication skills.
The FDP was conducted by Dr. Kalyan Chatopadhya,
an esteemed scholar in the field of English language and Communication. He has been active in this
field with his versatile genius as a teacher, trainer, lecturer, and researcher
for last 15 years. He is an Assistant Professor in English at Bankim Sardar
College, University of Calcutta, and a Guest Lecturer in English at Rabindra Bharati
The FDP program was custom-designed to
fulfill the developmental needs of faculties with view to the education
environment, students and academic necessities in MEFGI. The entire program
focused on practical pedagogical approaches of teaching language and
English Language to B.Sc. Students: addressing attendant’s participation Mr Bhautik Limbani Department of Communication Skills MEFGI - Rajkot
is observed many times that learning and teaching English Language becomes
fruitful when it is learner centric. It
requires need analysis. Need analysis enables a teacher to know what the
learner knows and what the learner needs to know. We did so before the
commencement of Semester II, B.Sc. We prepared lesson planning accordingly. In
the labs, under the supervision of felicitator, they do writing and reading
practice. In the lectures, we discuss Wings of Fire by Abdul Kalam.
need analysis showed that they were efficient enough in the basics of English grammar
so we started our first lab on writing practice. The first session was on
Developing a Paragraph. We discussed four elements of Paragraph Development:
order, coherence, unity and completeness. We saw a paragraph from one of the
posts of Amitav Ghosh from his blog “Folly of Sundarban”. However one of the
students was confused and perplexed. She looked exhausted at the end of the
session. She was clearer about the paragraph development when we started, but
the end was enigmatic for her. She understood theory well, could find out four
essential elements of paragraph development from the given paragraph. Most of
the students enjoyed the lab. However, as a felicitator, one should not forget
to revise session planning to make delivery more satisfactory.
has to take account of three fundamental principles:
(1)Only theory doesn’t work in Language Learning.
from Science field, need different learning materials.
habit of revising lesson planning after every session helps one to increase
student’s classroom participation. The next week we started afresh. We prepared
a list of sixteen topics which “B.Sc. student” can write a paragraph on. Topics
like “What is science?”, “What is microbiology according to me?”, “Difference between
Invention and Discovery?” were given. Learners were given total freedom to
select their area of interest. They discussed it with their classmates. They
had to prepare a list of words related to their topic. They did so. They
prepared a list of twenty words on their topic. They were asked to join three
to four words together and structure a sentence. The only condition was their
sentence must be meaningful. The next step was to arrange all the sentences in
a proper order because when they are read together they all become a paragraph.
They did so. The below given paragraph was the first draft of one of my second
semester B.Sc. students.
“Science is a single word, which describes our own
existence. It is a bright area briefing to about our comforts, which has been
made easier through science. It is a library allowing a person to be an
inventor. To understand it in an easier way, it has been divided in different
fields but actually, all are interlinked. As all matter has its two sides in
the world, science is also described in two manner, which includes its
advantages and disadvantages. Advantages describing our own comfort, which had
made our life. Disadvantages had totally stopped our mind by more and more comforts
gifted by science.”(Second draft)
- Anjali Ladani
paragraph was the result of the efforts to cluster the words, she jotted down. She
joined all words by using some helping verbs and conjunctions. She rejoiced
after presenting her understating of the field she is studying in. The
presentation was followed by a five minute discussion. She received some appreciation
and suggestions from her classmates. As a felicitator, I explained some usages.
She rewrote it as given below:
“Science is a field that studies the elements of the nature. It
does so by briefing about it and bringing comfort to human life. It is a
library that helps a curious mind to become an inventor. To understand the
science in a better way, it has been divided into several branches but they are
not isolated ones. Modern technology is a boon of science. It helps human to be
more comfortable in the life and know and grow faster.”(Third draft) - Anjali Ladani
some loose and isolated sentences, the paragraph generated meaning. I was
surprised when their classmates offered their suggestions on “coherence”,
“unity”, “order” and “completeness” of the paragraph development. They became
aware of the importance of all four essential elements of paragraph
development. The task of writing a paragraph was assigned to all the students;
they underwent the same process. Each wrote a paragraph, presented, received the
observations and suggestions and re-wrote it. (Some prepared three drafts!)
the end of the process, they realized that they can write a meaningful
paragraph on their own. Is not learning (self) realization? I suggested them to
create a blog for the entire classroom; they did so. All have posted their
paragraphs (third draft) on it. Your one click on www.microbiologybsc.blogspot.in may boost up the spirit of the students. Your suggestions would
make our learning happier!