Innovations In The Teaching Of English

 – Mrs. Bernadette D’Souza

1. Using the Multi-Sensory Approach/Total Physical Approach (TPR) Multiple Intelligences Techniques (MIT) Techniques & Content Integrated Language Instructions (CILI) Techniques to Language Teaching:-

The NCERT textbooks that have been prescribed by The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education for the Teaching of English in Schools under their jurisdiction contain a mosaic of English Prose and Poetry selections from vast and varied segments like social, political, philosophical, literary, scientific and the like.

The teaching of such topics to a class of passive listeners, sitting in rows, ordered to pay attention for hours to verbal output, overlooks the human need for movement and action. Therefore, in order to enliven the classroom atmosphere and make it more intellectually stimulating, the  various Textbook Units prescribed for Stds: 6 to 10, have been aligned with specific  dramatic activities for the development of  competencies in four areas of language learning:- grammatical, socio-linguistic, discourse and strategic. MIT Theories operate in full swing because these activities provide the necessary framework for genuine, meaningful communication and include a range of artistic languages- the verbal, visual, aural & kinesthetic that help to expand the intellectual and creative horizons of students .Right from the year 2003 till date, each and every batch of Teacher Trainees here at the NIE, and Teachers of Goa who have attended Workshops have been trained, building  on this pedagogical concept.

It is pertinent to state that all the scripts used, for each and every dramatic activity, were original scripts written by the English Methodology Master, and not borrowed from other sources.

The following opportunities and activities are provided for the learners to keep pace with the developments in the field of Language Teaching abroad:-

  • Developing strong Communication Skills through the incorporation of dramatic activities in the regular curricula:- Role Plays, Skits, One-Act Plays, Monologues, Fullscale Stage Performances
  • Poetry Activities:-
    • Poetry Theatre:- students perform plays based on funny poems/ballads etc. given in the 8th/9th Std. Text books.
    • Poetry Race:- Speed reading Tongue Twisters, Limericks
    • Poetry Sensitization:- Aligning Specific Poems  to International Issues:- a. “No Men are Foreign”- by James Kirkup An Anti-War Poem.  “Wind”- by Subramania Iyer- a Pre-Independence  call for  unity among Indians  Sensitizing students on volatile global  problems ,through  poems.
  • Elocution on: - Man’s Inhumanity to Man. ii. Developing the spirit of Internationalism in students.
  • Building up Incomplete Stories:-. This is a continuing storytelling session in which a story is begun and then left open-ended at a crucial point. Developing the imagination can empower students to consider new and inventive ideas and can contribute to self-confidence and personal motivation as students envision themselves competent and fluent enough to elaborate on these stories.
  • Developing Story Boards for Picture Composition Lessons
  • Language Games:- Board Games, Ice-breakers, Quizzes etc.
  • CALL :– Computer Assisted Language Learning – preparing students to respond intelligently and critically to presentations of textual units, using a multi-media approach- like Power Points etc.
  • Integrating Metacognitive Strategies:- Metacomprehension, Self-regulation