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Workshop of the Month
We stand at a cusp where spelling is being made redundant by spell-checks; and yet it is used profusely because children write manually for their examinations, to make notes and to do their homework. So spelling still matters.
Spelling is a system which follows a pattern that is most logical. The exceptions cause confusion. Memorising word lists, worksheets and random rote learning often cause problems and lags.
If children are exposed to patterns in spelling they will have more confidence in being able to recognize these in the words they encounter. Rather than relying solely on memory, spelling will be far more accessible through logic by understanding how the basic units of spelling combine. It’s verbal engineering!
To this end, it is important to use a variety of approaches to spelling. This workshop will focus on:
Understanding how the language works • Alphabets, vowels and vowel sounds, diphthongs, sound-to-sight connections. • How consonant blends, vowels, and end words can be combined to create several hundred common words. • Chunking, syllabification, compound words, homophones, prefix, suffix, word building, word expansion and field vocabulary will be demonstrated. • Phonic and whole word methods of spelling.
Various teaching strategies, methods and activities that are practical  • Classroom-based programme to get children to generate words from patterns. • Rules of spelling and their moderate use. • The holistic approach of layering reading, writing and dictation as reinforcement strategies. • Grids to help the teacher support learning activities in the classroom.
Various types of tests and remediation strategies • What makes a good test of spelling? • Various ways to correct. • Types of errors and specific remediation strategies using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic memory. • Practical work in identification and remediation by teachers.
Founder of the Mindsprings Group and a Speaker at the National and International fora, Usha has authored the English textbook series ‘Empowering English’; two resource books ‘Writing with Ease’ and ‘Grammar with Ease’; and a revolutionary series in language learning titled ‘Language with Ease’.
Usha’s experience ranges from senior high and college education in India and Hong Kong (under the British curriculum), to gifted education in Auckland, and accelerated primary learning in Jakarta (under the Australian curriculum). Her academic background is in English and Education. Her qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in English & Psychology, a Masters degree in English, a Bachelors Degree in Education in English, a Masters Degree in Education, a TEFLA from Cambridge University, London, and a High School Teaching Certificate in English and History from ‘Auckland College of Education’, New Zealand.
Usha has created a differentiated English reading programme for young readers; an effective oral language programme for first generational learners; a specialized curriculum for gifted learners and a unique approach to teaching children with learning struggles. She is a much sought-after educational consultant to many school groups and actively champions the cause of Gifted Education in India.
Audience: Teachers, Head of Departments and Parents
Cost: Rs.3,186/- (Inclusive of Registration Fee, GST, Refreshments & Handouts, if any)
Venue: Mindsprings, 402 B Wing, Naman Midtown, Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone West, Mumbai – 400013
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Contact: 09930043825 | workshops@mindsprings.in 
Mode of Payment: Demand draft in favor of ‘MINDSPRINGS’ payable at Mumbai.


Please send the filled registration form and demand draft to ‘Mindsprings, 402 B Wing, Naman Midtown, Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone West, Mumbai – 400013.’
Offers & Promotions**:
• Offer 1: 3+ participants from one school in a single workshop get a discount of 10% each.
• Offer 2: 6 + 1 free – For every 6 participants from a school, 1 seat is offered free for any workshop.
** Conditions Apply
Two offers cannot be clubbed