The value of English language skills
Heena S Karekar cues Bhavana Choudhari into her mission to improve English language communication through her institute Conversational Skills.
What commands respect in today’s competitive world? Good communication skills! Good English will only add the cherry on the cake! That is exactly what Conversational Skills does. Heena S Karekar and her team strive really hard to improve people’s language. Their affiliation to Trinity College London makes it even more prestigious.
Prior to setting up her own institute, Heena taught classes for academic English. During that time, she realized that children didn’t understand English and that there were very few people who were specifically teaching language skills. She decided to start her own institute in 1994 to teach students how to communicate. She avers, “I started with only five students back then. Gradually, it began to grow and expand. Today, we cater to 500 students.
“With so many IG and IB schools mushrooming, our class works as a catalyst. Once the students befriend the language, every subject becomes easier. Our special workshop for young adults makes them proficient in presentation skills and builds their overall personality. It adds to their finesse and that is what is essential to be a part of the real world. Just doing good academically won’t ever be enough.”
She adds, “We need to chisel their personality for them to be able to combat the fierce competition. If they know something, they should be able to present it. We train students for persuasion skills, voice throw, poise, posture, articulation and diction. The Trinity examinations are very practical and tests real life skills, and the way we train our students is definitely a short cut to success. Reading is also imperative and we throw open lots of stories and different authors in the arena to colour their language further.” The class is affiliated to Trinity College London and the syllabus taught is associated with the Cambridge International Examinations with classes being taught for two hours twice a week.
Earlier on, striking a balance between her personal and professional life was challenging; there was not much personal time because she put in a lot of hours at work. She insists, “I owe my success to my husband; he is the wind beneath my wings!” And her daughter has helped her expand even further.
WORDS OF ADVICE
Signing off, Heena avers, “Develop your mind and stay focused on what you do. Playing games and watching television does not work all the time. SPEAKING WELL NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE; it always makes you stand out in a crowd.”
Photograph Sanjit Sen