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Speaking good English, effectively

There are times when we all falter with our English. Is it ?He is better than I am' or 'He is better than me', is it 'Can I speak to you for a minute?' or 'Can I speak with you for a minute?'

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 14:15 IST

There are times when we all falter with our English. Is it “He is better than I am” or “He is better than me”, is it “Can I speak to you for a minute?” or “Can I speak with you for a minute?”

To address these problems kids face, Aloke Roy Chowdhury and Joyati Sen, professors of English language of two decades, have come out with a set of course books for classes I- VIII called, Achiever’s Course in English.

The idea is to make students comfortable with the language, so that they can converse comfortably, without hesitation. The main focus of the books is participatory learning and group activities. Says Joyati, “We have included activities wherein the children get to play games such as dumb charades with story titles or names of books, making the process exciting and interesting for them.”

The authors lay emphasis not only on fluency of the spoken language and communication skills, but also accuracy in writing. The workbooks follow the sequence of activities that provide plenty of writing practice.

What is different about these books? The stories are not like sermons, they are more like conversations. For example, there is a dialogue between a brother and sister on “Why ban a shawl?” wherein they talk about the Shahtoosh shawls and the chiru (antelope) which is on the verge of extinction.

The books are supplemented with audio material to help the students grasp the language, pronunciation, usage and intonation correctly. Aloke is of the opinion that, “There is no point contriving situations for the youngsters, as they would be able to relate to only real life situations. Thus, the narrative has been kept simple, interesting and informative.”

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 14:15 IST