There is no doubt about the fact that English has emerged as the lingua franca i.e., the language spoken among the people of different mother tongues. Communication in English is therefore an asset. We, at Staford are building the foundations of sound communication skills, by giving children sufficient practice and opportunities to express themselves in English.
Age appropriate activities in the form of Inter-house competitions such as Elocution, Just-A-Minute and Debate were organized on 6th February’2015, catering to the different age groups. The activities were prepared and guided by our teachers for English.
An Interhouse Recitation Competition was conducted for classes I to IV, where the young students presented their poems with great enthusiasm and vigour. Ms. Rizwan Fatima was the judge and adjudged Sapphire House as the first position holder, followed by Garnet and Emerald House in the second and third place.
Classes V and VI had an Inter-house ‘Just a minute’ (JAM) competition, during which the participants expressed themselves on the given topic and spoke as fluently as they could for one minute. The objective of this activity was to sharpen children’s logical thinking, thought organization, and expression. Mr. Shiraz Saeed judged the competition and declared Emerald House as the winners while Sapphire and Amber House stood second and third respectively.
Last but not the least, there was an interesting debate competition for class VII, where the students tried to put their thoughts eloquently, clearly and with the correct voice modulation. They were required to think analytically and present their views coherently while aiming to connect with the audience. Our respected Principal ma’am, Ms. Vijaya Kumar and our communication teacher, Ms. Archana Chakravarti were the judges for this competition. The results revealed that Garnet House stood first, and was closely followed by Emerald and Sapphire House.
Today, was a day full of interactive activities designed to combat stage fear and give an opportunity to the students to be more fluent in English.