English Language, Communication and Self-Enhancement

Good communication is more than just about excellent language skills. The focus of this programme will be on identifying and correcting the inherent problems in communication. The participants will be introduced to critical thinking through creative and innovative activities.

The mentor will be present to facilitate the activities and to intervene at crucial junctures, while allowing the participants to bring their own ideas and experiences to the fore.

The programme allows for anyone who wishes to gain from this style of learning to be a participant. The mentor will be someone who is relatively experienced and has insights to offer in the realm of communication, creative expression and critical thinking.

 This hands on activity-based programme will equip you with :

  • Building reasonable English language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) for the purpose of everyday communication.
  • Enabling the participants to become keen and insightful observers of the world within and without (the importance of general awareness and self-awareness).
  • Enabling the participants to find their own voice, and honing their ability to express views and opinions by exposing them to various critical thinking perspectives.

 Making use of an online platform, the programme allows for the group (participants and mentor) to meet four times a week—remotely—at a time convenient for all.

 Instead of traditional learning materials, the programme will make use of the following to enable thinking and learning.

  • Interactive word games
  • Discussions on topics of common interest and social relevance.
  • Reading aloud (while the others listen) and making inferences about texts/authors/narrators.
  • Watching videos on a variety of subjects-followed by discussions.
  • Watching travel videos, news clips, movie scenes, etc.- followed by multi-layered discussions on subject matter, style, use of language, etc.
  • Writing short narratives, experiences, etc. This will be done in specific ways so as to get the learners to focus on certain narrative-experiential aspects that they will be writing about.
  • Shooting scenes and short films using thecellphone camera and lending them voiceovers.
  • Reading, listening to and retelling each other’s stories.
  • Interactive games to get to know each other within the group.
  • Exposure to everyday, practical situations and discussions on issues of psychosocial relevance.

The mentor and the learners are free to invent, improvise and experiment with as many creative and interdisciplinary learning methodologies and activities that they wish to. 

At the end, we expect the participant will be:

  •  Reasonably self-confident, with the ability to interact and converse in English.
  • Fairly skilled at basic reading, writing and communication skills.
  • Able to think critically about issues of social and personal relevance.
  • Able to express himself/herself in certain creative ways (storytelling, filmmaking, etc.).

 Participants are expected to be more enabled, employable and entrepreneurial at the end of this programme