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.

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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.

TEACH­ING TRAIL

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.

BAL­ANC­ING ACT

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

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