Smile Foundation India in association with The Centre for Learning Resources (CLR), Pune in partnership with Tech Mahindra has brought forth a unique English tutorial concept – Yuva English. Yuva English is directed toward improving the quality of spoken English and developing the conversational skills of young adults belonging to the marginalized and underprivileged strata of the society.
For the propagation and implementation of this concept, a training session was organized from the 21 – 25 February 2011 , at CLR , for Smile Foundation partners. The instructors persistently focused on the need to brush the spoken English of the learners rather than working upon their knowledge of grammar. The reason being that, Yuva English is designed to assist young individuals deprived of a good schooling background, to better their spoken English, ignoring their inability to use grammar correctly.
As part of the training programme, the participants needed to role play. The role plays were done on an individual basis as well as a group activity. In each of the role plays the theme was a virtual classroom situation. The role plays were to be done with the help of the instructions provided in the Instructors Manual and also the improvisation skills of the trainees. Overall, it was an enriching and a valuable experience that allowed each participant to monitor and analyze himself/herself in a comfortable environment, imbibing what is best and simultaneously working on his/her flaws.