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Let's Learn English Workshop 4: Feb. 27-28, 2016

The 4th workshop for the English teachers of KGBV under the Let’s Learn English programme was held on 27th and 28th February 2016 at Hotel Galaxy Jalna. The workshop was conducted by Prof Sachin Labade and Prof Kranti Doibale. 7 teachers participated in the workshop. 
The workshop started with discussion regarding different methods/ techniques used by the teachers to teach English. Use of computers as a tool was also discussed. The  inputs of the previous workshop  focused on the construction of sentences. In this workshop, construction of the sentences in present continuous tense and simple past tense was deliberated upon. The participants were given a verb, they had to find its present continuous form and make a sentence using that. It was stressed that they could take Similar exercise with the students. 
For past tense formation, flash card method was used.  Using activities like memory games, dumb charades, fill in the blanks with past tense form of a verb etc., the participants were apprised of the codes of transforming verbs into present continuous and past tense.
In the next segment methods to correctly place prepositions of ‘time’ were discussed. Prepositions such as ‘In’ ‘On’ and ‘At’  were taken into consideration. A preposition pyramid chart was constructed to identify the time lag in which the particular preposition can be used.  This was supplemented with activity charts which were solved by the participants. A format of slambook  which can be made by the students was also given. The students are expected to fill in the information using the appropriate preposition.  Clock figure activity was taken in the next session to introduce the students to terminology such as  ‘half past eleven’, ‘quarter to /quarter past’ etc. Blank clock figure charts were distributed amongst the participants for practise. 
The teachers underwent a detailed session on question forming with respect to the tenses intended. They conducted a role play wherein they were given the task of assuming a character and preparing a brief introduction on it. Next they were paired and  one person was asked to question the other character. This way construction of the sentences was further practised  and strengthened. Similarly the process of construction of an interrogative sentence with special reference to the change in order of the words was understood.  Participants prepared questions with 'Why' and 'What' using the principles learnt.