Dr. Nalini Ravindran
RESUME of Dr. NALINI RAVINDRAN
US cell no: +1 737 235 9716 [email protected]
Educational Qualification: B.Sc. (Chemistry), M.A.(English), M.Ed. , M.Phil (Edu.) , Ph.D (Edu.),
PGDTE (CIEFL, now EFLU, HYDERABAD)
Thesis work in ELT (English Language Teaching):
• A comparative study of English Lang. skills taught at +2 level in the TamilNadu state board and the CBSE curricula.
• Intra language Interference Errors in English.
• Reading Comprehension Skills in Schools
• Teaching and Testing of Reading comprehension skills at +2 level.
• Training in Evaluation, Material Production and Teacher training (English) in the “College of St. Mark & St. John”, Plymouth, England – organised by the CBSE, HRD Ministry and the ODA, England through the British Council Division, India. - selected on merit and was on contract for five years and extended to a decade.
• Orientation Programmes organized by the CBSE on preparing Course Material, Evaluation and Teacher Training in skill-based teaching and testing of English through Communicative Approach in English.
• Training in the YLE Programme of the British Council Division of Chennai.
• Examiner for the YLE Programme of the British Council since 2002
• Training teachers in ELT, Pronunciation and Spoken English, Personality Development and Work ethics till date.
• Senior Principal and Academic Advisor in RMK Residential School, Chennai-2011-13
• Senior Principal of Alpha Wisdom Vidhyashram 2011
• Senior Academic Manager in Everon in 2011-for a few months only
• Founder Principal and Academic Advisor in Chennai Public School, Anna Nagar Chennai - 2008-2011
• Principal, National Public School, Chennai – 86 from 2000 to 2008
o Involved in launching the following activities successfully at National Public School –
▪NPS Panorama – School Newsletter.
▪‘Blossom 2K’ – a talent fete.
▪Pre-KG launched on ‘Vijayadasami Day’.
▪Educational field trips & tours for all the classes from LKG to class XII.
▪‘World Maths Day’ – organised through a seminar & paper presentation by students on the Topic ‘Millennium Math Quest’.
▪Workshop for Teachers of the Cluster schools [East] – Sahodaya - on “Communication skills in English”.
▪Social service programmes through the ‘Interact club’ of the school students (An amount of Rs.75000/- was raised and given for Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund besides helping destitutes in orphanage and the old age homes).
▪‘QUEST’ programme for adolescents sponsored by Lions International, for classes VIII & IX.
▪Computer Literacy to all the staff members through a training programme sponsored by INTEL.
▪Venue Director for different talent tests and competitive examinations like Australian Talent Test, NELT etc.
▪Exposure to and participation in Co-curricular activities by the students and the teachers - won laurels for the school.
• P.G.T. and subject supervisor in English in Padma Seshadri Senior Secondary School, Chennai – 600078 from 1/8/1980 to 5/6/2000
o Taught English from grade VI to XII for 20 years and mainly for CBSE Publix Exam grades for atleast 15 years. Taught Science in middle school, and Science practicals for high school for five years.
o A wide range of Training in grooming children in English language skills, Co-curricular activities, intra-school activities, school newsletter and Magazine, Essay and oratorical competitions, Annual day and sports day celebrations, as Co-curricular and General Assembly In-charge coordinator.
o Guided and groomed English teachers in teaching and testing activities through
• Involvement in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi activities -
o CBSE – ELT Team Member and Teacher Trainer since 1990 till date.
o Conducted more than 150 workshops all over India for Training Teachers in Teaching and Testing of English through skill based and Communicative approach.
o Master Trainer in English Core (classes XI and XII)
o Member of the ‘HELPLINE’ launched by the CBSE
o Subject Expert in the Committee of Courses in English in the CBSE
o Chief Examiner, Subject expert and Nodal Head examiner for English Course A (X) and Functional English (XII) and English Core (XII)
o Involved in paper setting for more than fifteen years for classes X and XII
o ‘Contributor’ for the books ‘Interact in English’ for classes IX & X of the CBSE.
o Engaged in drafting the material and curriculum for Functional English for classes XI and XII by the CBSE.
o Author of IMPACT series of English Books for classes VI to VIII (BI Publishers)
o Practice Books in English Language skills for Core and Functional English for classes XI and XII of the CBSE (Orient Longman Ltd)
o ’Learn and Write’series of cursive handwriting books, introducing pronunciation along with cursive writing. (Goodluck Publishers Ltd, Saharanpur and Delhi)
o Editor of ‘Conquer Your English’series of English textbooks -1 to 8. (Goodluck Publishers Ltd, Saharanpur and Delhi)
On September 5th,2002, received the Best Teacher award- National/ Presidential Award, awarded by the Human Resource Development Ministry, Government of India for the year 2001 from Hon’ble President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Languages Known: English, Tamil and Hindi
Other areas of Interest:
Evince keen interest in English language associated activities, Social service, Music, Dance, Nature, Aesthetics and Creative writing.
o Mr.G Balasubramanian
Director Academic (Retd),
CBSE, New Delhi
o Mrs.Hamsa Ramdos,
Principal ( Retd)Padma Seshadri Sr.Sec.school,Chennai- 600078.
Individualized attention to students in learning English after identifying the areas of weakness in fluency and/ or accuracy, language skills - Listening , Speaking, Reading and / or writing, through an entry behavior test is and tutoring according to the basic level of achievement the student is in. Can help achieve English language skills to school students of all grades and guide teachers through ELT WORKSHOPS in teaching and testing English language.As a recipient of the National Award for the Best Teacher from India , my passion is to make English learning and teaching easy and enjoyable. Was a Contributor /author of the books in Communicative Approach in English for classes 9 to 12 of the Central Board of Secondary Education,New Delhi . Have also done a series called ‘Learn and Write ‘ by Dr.Nalini Ravindran, published and brought out by GoodLuck Publishers
I have taught in primary school all subjects -English,Maths, Science and social studies and Tamil.I have home tutored children in these subjects for a few years. My more than 30 years of teaching English for students of primary, secondary , and high school upto grade XII ,THE THESES I did during the degree courses in Education on the school students acquisition of English language skills, fluency and accuracy, the analysis of their performance in school and National board exams in English ,have given a deep insight into the inadequacies in the language acquired by them. I really enjoy finding solutions to the problems they face in communication in English and help them master the language. It is a great intrinsic motivation for me.In a multi lingual country like India, pronunciation and spoken English are major pitfalls. I am happy that after my research studies I could bring out the simple and easy access to acquiring the phonetic sounds and the correct pronunciation of words through my series of books’Learn and Write’ which got the title changed in the present edition’Speak and Write’ after revision recently.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First an online interaction with the parent and student to know their requirement,then a diagnostic test followed by discussion and the material for tutoring
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Am a B.Sc (Chemistry),M.A (English), B.Ed,M.Ed,MPhil, Ph. D in Education. I can teach English all skills and areas from primary school upto college and train students for competitive and entrance examinations. Can tutor and train primary school students in all subjects and prepare them for tests to perform very well. Besides the training in teaching during the bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education , I specialized in teaching English at the CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES ,now Called EFLU- ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES UNIVERSITY IN HYDERABAD,INDIA.I was selected by the Human Resource Development Ministry of India and trained in Communicative approach in English in England from Jan- April 1990. The project called CBSE ELT PROJECT, was sponsored by the OVERSEAS AUTHORITY OF ENGLAND, a joint venture of BRITISHCOUNCIL DIVISION OF INDIA AND THE CBSE- CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION, NEWDELHI.After the training, our team brought out the text books for grades IX and X in Communicative Approach- a radical change from the content based approach in learning English, a roaring success of a project in English in CBSE schools all over India.Then the project was carried over to classes XI andXIImalso. Was involved at all the three levels of material production, Training and Orientation of English teachers all over India in Communicative Approach,and setting question papers for the Board examinations.was Master trainer in workshops for English teachers and Principals in more than hundred and fifty workshops in India . Simultaneously authored books in Communicative Approach for classes Six- Eight and a series’ Learn and Write’ books level 0- 8 for beginners who wants to learn to pronounce and write and Communicate in English correctly and clearly .I can call the series my brain child! It is well received in schools in India,normally used in English medium school from kindergarten to class Eight.I am training teachers in English language skills till date. I feel my Doctorate in Education,in the University of Madras,wherein my focus in theses was Aquisition of English language skills in schools in India, coupled with my teaching English in schools for about 38 years and the ELT training under the British professors in England and in India, have created apassion ,may be an obsession for teaching and learning more of the great language.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
As my motto is service and to keep in touch with my fields of learning especially English,Science and Maths,I wish to charge $15 per hour and would like to take 40 minutes classes for school students in keeping with their concentration span, so for them each class fee is $10 only. Still if high school adults and college students can request for an hour’s class for training etc for $15. If tutors.com has any suggestion, I welcome it.
How did you get started teaching?
I owe it to my dad,an eminent teacher and Best teacher AWARDEE S. RAMANUJAM,an excellent teacher in English and Mathematics.I love teaching .started in 1980 in full swing as Science and English teacher in the well known PSBB Senior Sec. School, Chennai for 20 years, then became an Administrator- Principal,SR. Principal, Academic Advisor, Founder Principal etc. Alongside I did authoring books and doing teacher training.Now that I am mostly in USA, I wish to pursue my passion.
What types of students have you worked with?
School students of all ages and teachers and educational administrators.I have taught students and people from India and those of Indian origin mostly.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I enjoy learning the difference in American English from my grand children and the web.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Let’s give a shot. I believe in understanding and not advising. We all love our free will, don’t we?
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Students should interact casually and see if they like to learn and if the wave length works.