Monday 17 September 2018

Department Initiative

Creative Impressions Club

Department of Communication Skills
Marwadi University - Rajkot

The first activity of Creative Impressions was conducted on 29/8/18 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at MB603. 14 students participated in the event. The session was conducted by Dr. J. Vijayalakshmi and Ms. Pratixa Parmar.
The session was planned to cater to the needs of the reading, writing, speaking skills of the student along with the aspect of creativity. The students participated actively in the event. The students were very enthusiastic to present their own compositions. They recited poems, short-stories, quotes based on the theme of life and philosophy. The creativity was unique in the sense that the students had innovative methods of recitation with complete grip over the tone and language. In the second section, the students were given various poems and articles based on the theme of education, independence and technology. They were given 15-20 minutes to read and to interpret the meaning. This was followed by presentation by the students. The session ended with Q&A and feedback.

Monday 10 September 2018

Department Initiative

Certificate Courses

The Department of Communication Skills
Marwadi University - Rajkot

Exciting news for the students of Marwadi University!!

Now, the students can also do certificate courses to improve their English Language Skills. The good thing is that there is a range of courses to address the specific needs of the students. They  can choose a course based on their needs. If somebody wants improve speaking skills in English, there is an exclusive course on it. If someone wants to prepare oneself for interview, there is a special certificate course for that. If some student wants to improve writing skills, there is a special course on that too. And there are many more such courses to cater to the specific requirements of the students. The students can pick and choose a course based on their requirements and strengthen their English. So, identify your requirement and enroll for the courses from the Marwadi University online portal.

Saturday 1 September 2018

Teaching Practice

Teaching Vocabulary through ICT: Quizlet

Dr Vipul Solanki
School of Languages, Marwadi University – Rajkot

As we know, building vocabulary is very crucial for learning any language. It is the familiarity with the words that help to read and comprehend a piece of text. Hence, teaching or familiarizing the learners with the words of the text which they are supposed to learn is necessary as well as helpful for them to understand the text well. Such an effort was made for the graduate students (BBA, BCom) who are learning English through an article Paytm: The Wonder Wallet, which is a part of the course Reading and Writing for Business, published in the business magazine Forbes – India.

Before starting reading of the article in the class, a group of words, which can possibly be difficult for the students to understand, was identified. Then, using an online tool Quizlet a lesson was prepared. Quizlet is a tool through which different methods of teaching and evaluating a topic can be created. Once the details of the lesson are feed on the portal, it will automatically generate a learning lesson, or various evaluation tools as shown below.

It generates the lesson under various categories like Flashcards, Learn, Write, Spell, Test, Match, Gravity, Live for learning and evaluation the topics.

The learners will be able to learn the words in terms of its meaning, pronunciation, and spelling. They will also be able to see how much they have learnt and retained by the evaluation tools and interesting games. To teach the aforementioned article, it was thought to be deemed fit to teach the words of the article first. To engage the students in the learning process and to make them retain the words, the ICT tool Quizlet was used which proved to be very helpful.

I am sure using Quizlet in your class too will be very interesting so give it a try and share your teaching stories here. It will also be fun to read about your experiences of such other innovative teaching practices. So keep blogging it here.