Fill in the blanks choosing the correct alternatives from those given in the bracket:
(i) The author was inspired and motivated to read ............................................ by the time she was eleven.
[Shakespeare, Chaucer, G.B. Shaw]
(ii) Every lesson .......................... ......... took was spiced with half a dozen or more anecdotes.
[Mrs. Rowlands, Sister Monica, Mr. A.N. Patil]
(iii) The teachers helped the narrator to become ..................................... . .
[confident, happy, independent]
(iv) Mrs. Cynthia Nesamani and Sister Monica gave .......................................... to the narrator.
[freedom to do what he wanted, advice to do something, instructions to produce better results]
In a way, one of the greatest gifts any teacher can give a student, I think, is to inculcate a curiosity to learn.
I've been incredibly lucky to have at least one such teacher at every stage in my life. The first was Mrs. Rowlands who taught me in primary school. She taught me to read without ever pushing me. She made me want to read more by giving 'me some of the most interesting children's books available. And although I still love to go back to those books from time to time, it was only because of her that I was able to read Shakespeare by the time I was ten, and Chaucer a year later.
In later years, it was Mr. A.N. Patil, my Marathi and Hindi Teacher who made a huge impression on me. Every lesson he took, was spiced with half a dozen or more anecdotes from a wide variety of subjects: among them history, politics, religion and sociology. I was, and still am in awe of his knowledge, which despite rather desperate attempts, I doubt I'll ever be able to match.
There have also been other teachers who helped me to try to become independent: to think and act for myself using my own judgement, which to my mind has been just as, if not more important, than actually learning anything.
After all, it's much too easy to become a completely useless repository of facts and little else.
Two teachers whom I remember in particular are Mrs. Cynthia Nesamani and Sister Monica, both taught me in school. The former, by and large, gave me a free rein to do what I wanted to do. I, being one of those people who dislike instructions, she helped me to produce much better results than I'd have otherwise done.
Read the extract and complete the following:
The teacher can
B3. Similar word
Look at the following sentences arid pick the word having similar meaning to the given word and rewrite:
(i) Spiced His conversation is always with a lot of humour. (made interesting, garnished, flavoured)
The library should not merely be a ................ of books. (store-house, reservoir, tank)
It is the responsibility of the parents and teachers to .......values in the child's formative years. (imbibe, give, show)
I have been .. lucky to have at least one such teacher at every stage in my life. (importantly, unbelievably, beautifully)
B4. Language study
(i) There have also been other teachers. They have helped me to try to become
independent. (Combine using 'who')
(ii) It was only because of her that I was able-to read Shakespeare.
(Rewrite beginning with: If it was not for her, ).
B.5 Out motivators
Look at the following table and complete it by presenting your own views
|Personalities||Influence on your life|
(ii) Mr. A.N. Patil
(iv) freedom to do what he wanted.
(i) Inculcate curiosity to learn in students.
(ii) Give children interesting books so that they develop a liking for reading.
(iii) Spice up their lessons by including additional information and anecdotes.
(iv) Help children become independent by teaching them to think for themselves.
(i) His conversation is always garnished with a lot of humour.
(ii) The library should not merely be a store-house of books.
(iii) It is the responsibility of the parents and the teachers to imbibe values on the child’s formative years.
(iv) I have been unbelievably lucky to have at least one such teacher at every stage in my life
(i) There have also been other teachers who have helped me to try to become independent.
(ii) If it was not for her, I would not have been able to read Shakespeare.
(i) Teachers – Educate us and give us knowledge.
(ii) Parents – Impart values and manners in us.
(iii) Relatives – Inspire us to take up new challenges
(iv) Friends – Support us and share our joys and sorrows