Friday, 1 December 2017

Poem by Jaykumar Buddhdev

art and talents

with twenty and nine candles
here i am burying them
sometimes burning too
both with a practiced quietness
this art not learnt
but ‘tis a taste acquired
and a habit born on
empty dinner tables with
unworn rings - unclaimed lips
beds unshared and peerless nights
now no more them i see
opened or closed eyes
yet flashes of fancy
emerge rise and sink
staying momentarily but
the seeds of this art
sown slow and sudden
at ten and eight
just before adding ‘nother
to the tally of years
this bilious activity grew
gradually ‘twas nurtured
making them gangrenous too
seeming slightly simple to you
maybe ‘tis too
sans dancing and chanting
‘round their remains with
a wooden stake through
for even cold and buried
or burnt and bloody
they became someone new
with these talents
and hands sanguinary
glistening eyes
i am ready
with a cleaver
and such arts
should you begin

to seem enticing too

This poem has been published in the international journal The Criterion (Vol 8, Issue IV)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

On Teachers’ Day
Ms Pratixa Parmar
Department of Communication Skills
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.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Teaching Practice

Practices for Teaching Vocabulary
Mr Ashok Pandya
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI - Rajkot

Words have power to destroy and heal. - The Buddha
Whatever 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.

1.   Teaching words with different images:
Science 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.

2.   Creating WhatsApp group:
In 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.

3.   Teaching through particular movie scene:
Students 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.

Now 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.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Resources for Teaching Reading Comprehension

Resources for Teaching Reading Comprehension
Dr Pooja Mehta
Department of Communication Skills, MEFGI - Rajkot

I 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. 

1) The New York Times: Articles and Questions

It 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. 

2) Student New Daily

This 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.

We 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!

Monday, 27 March 2017

 Faculty Development Program 
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 University, India.

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 communication skills.