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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Step-by-step to creative writing

Posted by S.Akilandeswari

Here are some strategies to help students to overcome their hesitation in writing and enhance their creative writing skills:

Using good examples

Before beginning to write, students must be exposed to the best examples of a particular style followed by brainstorming and discussion on what makes them the best.

Picking up topics of interest

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The most motivating and best part of 2018

2018 was slightly different for me in the sense that I had the opportunity to be part of a classroom Action Research Project. My grade 11 students who were placed in A2-B1 level in their grade 10th Board Examination had English, Fashion Studies and Food Technology. English texts had difficult vocabulary. The other two subjects too had technical vocabulary which they found very difficult to understand and use independently. I wanted to use classroom Action Research to enhance my students’ learning experience with new and difficult vocabulary.

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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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Humans vs. humanoids

He was then in his senior secondary class facing the very crucial Board Examinations. His Chemistry teacher held his hands constantly and guided him through pitfalls in the examination and my son came out with flying colours. If I were to advice the programmers of robot teachers, my first advice would be to add emotions and feelings – the most human facet of humans.

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