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Word Wall – an excellent vocabulary building technique by Mrs. S. Akilandeswari

Children nowadays need immediate results and they are happy with easy, simple and interesting techniques.  I teach English to students of age 15-17. The technique I use with my students is Word Wall. Word Wall is usually used in Primary classes and very rarely used in the Middle and the Senior Classes.

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My fantastic five minute activities

These  activities can be done at the beginning or the end of the class. They can be used to pep up sagging interest. Any topic can be introduced and revised, any concept revisited and strengthened. They can be done as individual, pair or group work.  They are sure short energisers as I have experienced with my students.

I have posts on these 5 Minute Activities in my blog Akila's English Class, which I started during last year’s pandemic.

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The brave new world of teachers in 2020

We have found out that Work from home is not as easy as it appears to be. It means no set time for profession or domestic duties. In such a situation teachers are working harder than ever.

Teachers are creatures of habit and are adventurous as well. These two qualities have made teachers the unsung heroes of 2020. We have taken to remote teaching along with its many new and unique challenges. We had to adapt to the new and unprecedented situation with no prior planning and mental adjustment.

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Overcoming the challenges of online teaching

The world of education has been evolving since time immemorial. COVID – 19 has given teachers and students an opportunity to explore online teaching/learning. It is not an easy task. Using technology in day-to-day business of keeping in touch with students, sending reminders, sharing pictures and videos setting assignments and tests have to be rethought for online classes.

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Steps to unlock the challenges of reading and writing in second language

Written by S.Akilandeswari

Reading will definitely improve vocabulary, expressions and perhaps the correct use of language, but it is not everybody’s cup of tea. As English language teachers, we need to create the atmosphere for reading. Our students mostly do what we do. Let them see us reading, especially reading for pleasure.

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Critical Thinking – a crucial 21st century skill

As English language teachers our primary focus is on the 4 language skills - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. While our students get a hang of these, we have to nudge them towards the 21st century skills especially the 4 Cs - Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication.

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WhatsApp and English teaching-learning

Teaching happens when there is two way communication between teacher(s) and class/students. The 21st century has been hijacked by digital devices. Our students are netizens held captive by these digital tools. Their range of knowledge in using these digital tools is mind boggling. In order to march along with our students, we need to match them stride for stride.

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An uncharted path

By S.Akilandeswari

Lesson Plans take teachers to known destinations but unplanned class is what is more exciting as teachers peep into the unknown along with their students. Most often it is the students who take us to these uncharted territories. I would like to share an interesting unplanned class.

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Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

These are the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) which need teachers to practice them as well while teaching. Content is the bedrock on which teachers can help students to develop these skills. As students move from Lower Order Thinking skills (LOTS) to HOTS, they start focussing on these very important skills.

Some interesting activities that provide focus on these ‘21st century skills’ to my students are:

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