Tuesday, September 27, 2005


The last time I had made a contribution it was on a rather depressing note. My mentee Meena at 16, did not really know much English and it was quite a challenge to get her to comprehend the language.

Things have become better. I initially blundered on by just working through Meena's class ten lessons. Since this was too advanced for Meena, it bored and tired her. It also did not do much to her confidence. Finally decided to switch tactics and borrowed the Class 1 text book of my colleague's son.

This seems to have really made a difference. We spent one happy hour mastering 'am', 'are' and 'is' and articles, common nouns, proper nouns etc. The text book gave me an idea on how to start teaching Meena English and also gave some structure in terms of what to teach her first and what next. Meena also has responded well in the last couple of classes since the sentences are simple and she is begining to get a grasp of the fundamentals of the language. Hopefully, she should be able to progress to reading simple books in another four weeks.

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