English grammar – The key to a successful career

Introduction In this part 1 of the language series, we are looking at various aspects of learning to make our speaking and comprehension more refined. Let’s discuss about how English Grammar can play an indispensable role in every part of our life. Language as a communication channel We all are…

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Perspectives on taking tuition at home

We have seen an increase in demand for private tutoring in the last one or two decades. Whereas earlier, students gained all their knowledge from school and there was no need for separate tuition classes. But, thanks to the mounting competition from very childhood days and the need for double…

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Phonetics – The tool for better English Pronunciation

Introduction How /ˈɒf(ə)n/ do you know the English Pronunciation of a word? Do you know about the notation I used in the last sentence? The notation I used is the Phonetics notation for the word “often”. Now try pronouncing it and check the following: Do you pronounce it with stress…

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Lunch-time conversation – Learning from everyday experiences

A week ago, an interesting conversation happened with my team during lunch time at office. A routine lunch-time conversation: We gather at the lunch table as usual; it was only the Three Musketeers that day – Varsha, Vasundara and I. Varsha’s lunch box had roti and ‘parval-aloo’ (Hindi). Varsha is…

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Conceptual clarity – why it is important in primary education?

School students are perpetually battered with the burden of ‘syllabus completion’ right from the ‘ripe’ age of 6-7 years. This ‘syllabus-gospel’ that schools and teachers stick to is hugely driven by the content in textbooks. There is no dearth of the number and variety of textbooks available in the market…

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