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Webinar on English Language Teaching

Madhuban Books conducted an online Webinar on English Language Teaching for classes (1-8) on 15th December 2020. Dr. Rajagopal was the resource person. Yolanda Mcpherson and Miss Bagyalakshmi attended the webinar.

The webinar focused on the Innovative Methods of teaching Grammar. The important difference between Language 1 and Language 2 was highlighted. It is easy to learn Language 1 as it is the mother tongue and can be acquired without difficulty, whereas Language 2 is any other language that the person learns which need more practice and support.

The best way to learn grammar is to teach through the inductive method wherein more of examples are shared and then the rules are explained. This is proven the way we speak our mother tongue. The deductive method can be continued when the learners are confident with the examples.

Students of classes 1to 5 are capable of retaining data, hence more of information and data should be shared through examples. This can be assessed through various oral activities to develop communication, listening, reading, descriptive wiring and introduce controlled writing where the teachers can give sentence starters for students to complete.

There is a transition from class 6 onwards. Here the students are introduced to rules, semi-controlled writing to free writing activities, speaking and discussion are included.

The webinar concluded with Question and Answer session. The resource person's responses helped to gain more information and clarity. It was indeed a great opportunity to be a part of the webinar.

Webinar on English Language Teaching Webinar on English Language Teaching
Webinar on English Language Teaching

Report on Webinar Teacher Connect by British Council

Mrs. Sreelatha Jayarajan, Co-ordinator Middle School and Mrs. Ambili Unnikrishnan, PG Assistant English attended 'Teacher connect' a webinar which was conducted by British council on 16.12.20. Mrs. Rajashri Biswas was the Resource person. The session was on the importance of developing teacher portfolio and Continuous Professional Development of teachers.

The following points were highlighted:

  • CPD (Continuous Professional Development) is a term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
  • CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. 
  • Each teacher is expected to participate in at least 50 hours of CPD to bring changes.
  • CPD is achieved through Training and Development.
  • Training is driven by systemic changes and it is transitive but development is self driven and is intransitive.
  • To bring in changes, follow CPD cycle ( Reflections, planning, action and evaluation)
  • CPD can be self directed or it can be collaborative.
  • Collaborative work is more effective. (Empowerment with others, peer coaching and community of practice.)
  • Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves.
  • CPD shows a clear commitment to self-development and professionalism. CPD provides an opportunity for an individual to identify knowledge gaps and to resolve these in a recognizable approach to improvement.

Report on Webinar

Webinar on the topic "Hybrid Model for Schools | Challenges and Strategies" was conducted on 8th December 2020. Mrs.Crescentia Bartlett and Mrs. Mary Bennette had attended the webinar.

The discussions of the panelist highlighted:

  • The anticipated challenges and providing opportunities for joy, collaboration and discovery
  • Communicating through regular meeting and messages to parents on the proposed strategies on preparedness for reopening
  • Ensuring health and safety protocol
  • Ensuring systems/process in place for visitors and vendors
  • Training support for teachers, support staff and students
  • Use of innovative effective strategies to maximize learning, online corrections, assessments and availability of online resources
  • Projects, celebrations can be conducted by calling students in small groups.
  • Systematic plan to connect with late bloomers and ensure learning is complete
  • Frame work for managing face to face and online learning at the same time(Blended learning)