Discussions and debates
Discussions and debates are a good way of getting students involved in class projects and
assignments. In our institute, we encourage a
good discussion or debate amongst students so that they are able to reason
out their point of view on a topic. This ability to reason has to be properly nourished in students as it is something they
will find very useful in all walks of life.
As they progr
ess in school, their writing assignments revolve around topics that have moral, social or psychological
underlining. A prompt like, ‘Lying is bad, we all know that. Imagine somebody invented a device that can tell when a
person a lying. Do you think it wil
l benefit society or lead to much more chaos and confusion as people will have the
means to spot a lie immediately?’ Such a prompt is guaranteed to get students discussing in class. They can later use their
points to write down an
argumentative essay on th
One cannot run without first learning how to walk first. Similarly, one cannot
without knowing the purpose and significance of each word and symbol used in the English language first. Communication
is at the heart of all that we do and in order to be an effective communicator, a thorough understanding of grammar rules
must. Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Punctuations, Tenses, Plurals, Synonyms
Antonyms, Degrees of
Object, all these and more will be covered in great detail in Grammar 101.
As the famous band Pink Floyd once sang, 'We
don't need no education.' Now, that is ironical as they used a double
negative in there; a strict grammar rule forbids the use of double negatives in a sentence. The band got away with it but
most students won't. So let's play it by the rules on this one
Learning about grammar and punctuations will also clearify that not every joke ends with a punctuation mark.
Paragraph & Dialogue Writi
Segregating information into paragraphs assists in absorbing and recalling information by the
reader. It is crucial to not subject your writing to long winding and never ending paragraphs as it puts a strain on the
recall any information from the written material. To put this into perspective, imagine every exam and test you
have taken in the recent past; the study material for the exam was contained in a book, with paragraphs, carefully
structured to break down conc
epts into a small bits of information to assist understanding. Had the material been just page
after page full of words, without breaks in between, it would have been downright impossible to make sense of any of it,
let alone reproduce that information on
Our brain is designed to appreciate structure, symmetry, which is what a good paragraph provides. Visually, paragraphs
help the brain focus on individual details related to a subject which in turn is stored as a separate memory in our brain.
rying to recall information from a book, we often see the paragraph it belonged in as a picture in our minds. Once
our brain isolates that memory segment, we can zoom in on the information we seek, from our mental picture. Hence,
breaking down information
into paragraphs is important.
Dialogues are always accompanied by speech marks or quotation marks “ ”. In text, they indicate when something is
being spoken, a communication between two or more people; for example, if a person is writing about the discu
people had on a park bench, it would be easier, and far more effective, to write it as a dialogue between two people,
rather than in a reported speech manner.
What we know of the world, we know it through our senses. The human body is a brilliant
thing, we are designed for efficiency in almost everything, except for flying, it would be great if we had a set of hidden
wings too. The food we taste, the sights we
see, the things we touch, the sounds we hear and everything we smell, all of
these senses information helps us form memories. A good writer has the power to make people see, smell, taste and touch
things that aren't actually there just by reading about th
em; that is the power of descriptive writing.
It won't be correct to say, 'this looks delicious.' How can you tell something is delicious simply by looking at it? That is
incorrect usage of the adjective delicious. Similarly, there are many words that
we are using incorrectly in our day to day
lives to describe things. Our senses are bombarded by information all the time, in order for us to describe what we are
experiencing or seeing, we need to use the right words for the right things. Descriptive writ
ing harnesses the power our
senses to help the reader visualize or experience whatever is written on paper. The English language is equipped with
several words that cater to our senses which can help us draft clean, interesting and imaginative written piec
es. ‘A journey
through a market place’ for example is a topic that is ideal to test a student’s descriptive writing skills. They must descri
everything from the colours they see, to the sounds they
Expanding vocabulary and Improving spellings
The English language has always been a dynamic thing. It has incorporated words from at
least 10 other languages in its midst. As the internet would inform you, there are more than 300 words that can be used to
that something is ‘good.’ Now, with so many words out there, it is important to know some of them to give your
writing some pizzazz.
This is what a sound vocabulary does:
Henry wiped his forehead under the straw hat while looking up at the sun
Henry wiped his forehead of the profuse perspiration gathered there, his straw hat providing poor protection
against the blazing sun high in the sky.
Essentially, both the sentences are saying the same thing, but how they are saying it, makes
all the difference. While reading
Exhibit A, did you feel the heat? Did it make you think back to a day when you felt as hot as Henry did? Probably not
because there wasn’t any substance in terms of vocabulary used in it to compel the reader to ‘feel’ alon
g with the
probably made some of you recall a day when you did wipe your head of sweat while the sun was high in the
sky. By simply adding a few words and changing a few, the sentence becomes more capable of making the reader
e, visualize with what is being written, making the writing impactful.
Improving vocabulary assists in more ways than one. You can spend an hour fumbling for the ‘right words’ to convey
something, by the end of which you still wouldn’t have a convincing
copy. If are equipped with good vocabulary, your
writing time is cut into half because you won’t have to go chasing words or repeating them in a way that makes them less
effective. Good vocabulary is the difference between feeling ‘good’ and feeling ‘splen
did’; which one sounds happier?
Spellings, well, without being able to spell splendid, it’s doubtful that it would make much sense.
Types of Writing
Types of writing have more to do with vocabulary than one might think. There are different
types of writing for example, persuasive, expository, descriptive, narrative, argumentative and even essay writing. Each of
the types above commands a spec
ific type of language to be used.
In expository writing for instance, one cannot enter into long drawn out sentences to describe something, it is not
uncommon however to find the same in descriptive writings as by definition alone, they are about describin
g something or
someone. Expository writing on the other hand is used to give information about a specific topic only. Structuring and
organizing information is of crucial importance there as it is up to the writer to inform the reader on a given subject. Y
may find a rampant use of figures of speech in descriptive writing but expository writing is less ‘fancy’ and more to the
people don’t realize this but reading and comprehending and recalling information
from written material is something everyone indulges in no matter what field of work they might be in. The foundation
for this never ending process starts with children. Read
ing and understating are two different things. Most children are able
to read well into their first year of school but understanding what is being read takes some time.
They will first be taught how to isolate important bit of information from the passage,
who, what, when, where, why and
how. Alongside this, understanding the main idea of the passage is also important. Why was this bit separated from the
rest? What is the significance of this passage? Questions like these and more will be addressed during l
essons that cover
Writing, Understanding and Reviewing
How can there be a creative writing course without the inclusion of the one of the most
writing topics out there, poems?
Over the years, poems have lost some love from English speaking audience. In the days of twitter and rap music, writing
ballads about a hero or simply a poem to woo someone is seen as redundant. The truth however remains
that poems are
still one of the most vibrant forms of creative writing.
Due to the language used in some poems and certain words being redundant, understating poems can be a daunting task
of children of this decade who are used to talking in abbreviations
and ‘smiles’. This module is designed to help open their
minds to using figurative language in a fluid, rhythmic format, the understanding of which will enable them to write better.
The world today is an open book on the internet and many people believe in documenting
their lives by writing blogs. Blogs have become an increasingly
popular means of attaining information these days. There
are blogs about everything from business to travel to even animals. Writing for blogs however is a different story.
Blogs by nature are a less rigid form of information. In most cases, they are a per
son’s perspective or opinions on
something. They are more personal, less formal and very dynamic by design. Blog writers often interact with the people
who read or visit their blog which is why, even while writing blog entries, they are written in a langua
ge which can be
easily understood by the majority.
Interactive Video Sessions
There are plenty of educational, motivational and inspirational videos out there that manage
to deliver important messages in an entertaining manner. The videos can be science based, comedic, silent videos,
dramatic, it could even be a
snippet from a famous movie; the objective of this module is to get students to recall
information from such visual and audio formats. They will be shown the video only once. The instructor will give them a
little background information about the video so
that the students can be prepared for what is to follow.
This is a unique, modern method of teaching where students’ retention abilities along with their speed is tested and
trained. In today’s fast paced society, unfortunately students do not have the lux
ury to process information at their pace or
at a pace that is lower than what is expected of them. This module works to compliment the comprehension module
which tests their ability to understand written material; in this they will be working on their abil
ity to understand visual
mediums and recall information about what they saw.
Figures of Speech
The wind howled and crickets sang as Robert turned towards his friend to ask, "Hey, do you
know about the guy whose whole left side was cut off?" His friend's eyes turned as round as saucers at the question while
he tried desperately to clear his head of t
he grisly images the question conjured in his head. Gulping loudly, he shook his
head. Robert smirked, enjoying his friend's reaction a bit too much, "Well, he's all right now." For a minute of two his
friend gaped at him, his mouth an open cavern, until t
he farcicality dawned on him. "So punny," he drawled before
There is no creative writing without using figures of speech. That's a bold statement but just look at the paragraph above;
what would it have read like without the similes and metap
hors? Without the pun? It is imperative to learn and
understand figures of speech if one needs to improve their creative writing abilities; like oars are to a boat, figures of
speech are to creative writing. They steer the course of your written pieces tow
ards popularity, amusement, entertainment
and eloquence. There is method to using them but ones mastered, they will open a whole new world for budding writers.
English in Media
TV, News and Internet
Children of the 21st century need to learn about the language used ‘in’ the 21st centu
There are various informative platforms out there that present information in various language styles. Television, internet,
radio, newspapers and magazines are all wonderful sources of information but they also come with ‘miscellaneous’ content
as no relevance for students. It is important to teach students how to extract only quality information from these
sources while overlooking the unnecessary content. Course Duration - 30 days
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