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Workshops on transition from common language to technical language held for students
The school-based workshops for the senior secondary students of BR International School, Maharana Pratap Public School, Papnawa Government School, Babain Paradise Public School and Babain Saini Public School were held from January 19 to 23 on transition from common language to technical or scientific language.

According to the organizers of the workshop, since science subjects have their own terminology and vocabulary; it is necessary to relate common language with the subject- based terminology for effective classroom communication of the science.

Therefore, the senior secondary science students were given the planned and systematic experiences to associate the common names of concepts with their scientific and technical names.

In these workshops, resource persons showed the experiments and first explained them in common language and retold them in the technical language for the better understanding the science concepts. The scientific vocabulary was reinforced so that students can imbibe it with mental efforts and rigour rather than acquiring it mechanically through rote-learning and cramming.

The language structure of definition of various scientific terms was demystified by the resource person Dr Lalit Kishore as a statement consisting of attributes or properties, composition and functions with examples. The participants of the workshop were given the learning task of making a  table of definition consisting of  columns titled the name of the term, properties, functions and remarks.

The participants reacted favourably to the workshops and could feel the potential of the experience gained through the workshops in terms of restructuring the text after reading.

Thus, the workshops not only highlighted an effective way of transition from common language to technical language but also imparted the skill of self-learning in the form of ‘reading-to-learn skill’.

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