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Saturday, June 11, 2011

WRITING SKILLS-SURE SHOT


A student of mine once came to me with a complaint after i distributed the Pre-Board examination answer papers,
         "sir, i have written everything and you didn't give me marks. Why?"
I said:
"You have written everything, that's why. You should write only what the question demands. You can't get good marks if you write everything you know"
She was very impressed by the reply and promised me to work on the finer aspects thereafter.

Most of the students, i have seen, fail to score good marks in English because they take for granted the WRITING SKILLS esp. the long compositions like Article, speech, report, letter writing etc. resulting in average answers with irrelevant points.The reason is that they hardly update any information on the topic from internet, newspapers or other sources where plenty of writings appear every day on the latest happening in the field. I felt that a list of important topics from important fields would help them with a handy reference material based on which they can keep looking for updates. Here it is:

Article/letter writing/speech
EDUCATION
MEDIA
CHILDREN
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
POLITICAL & SOCIAL
ROAD SAFETY
SPORTS AND GAMES
ENVIRONMENT
EDUCATION
1.    Brain drain/brain gain
2.    Reforms in examinations
3.    Grading system/cce
4.    Literacy and illiteracy
5.    Co-education
6.    Education for the poor
7.    Right to education
8.    Educating girls
9.    Ragging
10.                        Careers and education
11.                         Technology and education
12.                        Corporal punishment to students

MEDIA
1.     Sensationalism and media
2.     Tv channels and serials
3.     Couch potatoes
4.     Reality shows
5.     Newspapers losing importance?
6.     Vested interests and media
7.     Commercialization and media

CHILDREN
1.    Child labour
2.    Educating poor children
3.    Child trafficking
4.    Take care of your child
5.    Working mother and children
6.    Outdoor games and children
7.    Junk food and children
8.     Gadget obsession and children
9.    Play schools/crush and children
10.           Children losing playgrounds

HEALTH AND HYGIENE
1.     Obesity
2.     Laughter clubs
3.     Tension/stress and health
4.     Music and health
5.     Slimming
6.     Yoga and health
7.     Non-vegetarianism vs vegetarianism
8.     Indoor games/video games and health
9.     Walking/ jogging

 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
1.    Mobile phones-use and misuse
2.    Internet – use and misuse
3.    Gadgets and modern life
4.    Sms and language
5.    Social networking websites and the erosion of values/social rapport
6.    Computers have revolutionized human life

POLITICAL & social
1.    Terrorism
2.    Retirement for politicians
3.    National integration
4.    Communal harmony
5.    Finding future leaders
6.    Corruption
7.    Reservation
8.    Common wealth games
9.    Terrorism and tourism
10. National Integration

ROAD SAFETY
1.      Hitch hiking
2.      Rash driving
3.      Traffic congestion
4.       SPORTS AND GAMES

SPORTS AND GAMES
1.      Corruption and games
2.      Cricket and business/media
3.      What ails our sports?

ENVIRONMENT
1.      Pollution
2.      Waste management (e-waste)
3.      Pollution of rivers
4.      Vehicular pollution
5.      Global warming
6.      Real estate mafia
7.      Population explosion
These topics can be used for any of the long compositions(article/speech/letter/debate). Collect points on each and prepare a file where you can keep updating from the internet, newspapers and other sources.

(This list is not a finished product. Keep looking for more)


4 comments:

Anand kumar said...

very well said.. and informed.. d whole world is a knowledge package.. i like pin point answers for the asked questions.. but when it comes on us v may also sumtimes get confused.. so the best way is practicing and having a hold on reepartee:
anand kumar

Vignesh Pai said...

The quote on the cover picture says everything! Your different way of teaching is great!

Vignesh Pai said...

The quote on the cover picture says everything! Nothing to comment.

Vignesh Pai said...

The quote on the cover picture says a lot! No comments.