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Trainings Raining at ELTIS

June to August is always a time for ELTIS faculty to take a step further for professional development and to gear up for the next academic year.

A variety of Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) has been planned and we have conducted certain FDPs in this series. More are in the waiting room.

Details of the Programmes:

Date:July 19, 2019

Trainer: Ms. Praniti Lal Sinha, Section Head-Spanish
Glimpses: Teachers Working with the Web Tools!

The training was a demonstration of the four web tools that a teacher can use in the classroom:

  1. Kahoot- A game based platform that makes learning creative and engaging

  2. Quizlet: Flexible study aid which supports learning at home and during the session

  3. Edpuzzle: Intuitive video editor which includes the ability to crop, customise and remix content according to the needs

  4. Duo lingo: Best app to learn a new language with the translation facility

It was an interactive training with hands on experience. The teachers worked on these web tools and created their own quizzes and games for their classroom teaching. The teachers were able to gamify the text and videos and this created a lot of interest.

The last part of the training was on PowerPoint Hacks: Tricks to make the presentations look more professional. The small tips helped the teachers to create a smart presentation.

Date:July 12, 2019: Scribble-Create-Blog it out

Trainer: Mr. Anshuman Khurjekar, Language & Soft Skills Trainer
Glimpses: Teachers as Writers!

The training was based on process writing, blog writing and it touched upon content development also. The training was a good start that triggered the creativity of the faculty beyond classrooms. The trainer channelised the thought process of the participants towards professional writing. He also gave information about the different avenues of blog writing.

Date:July 4, 2019

A post-event release on the Guest Lecture ‘English MALL and CALL’ (Smart Tools for Learning English) by Dr. Atul Patil

Symbiosis ELTIS-SIFIL, had organized a guest lecture on ‘English MALL and CALL (Smart Tools for Learning English)’ for its students at the Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium on June 28, 2019.

Dr. Atul Patil, the guest speaker, is presently working as an Assistant Professor of Communication Skills at the Government College of Engineering Pune (COEP). Dr. Patil holds a Ph.D. in English from Symbiosis International University on ‘Developing Computer-based Activities for the Teaching and Testing of Listening and Speaking Skills’.

Prof. Shirish Sahasrabuddhe, Director, ELTIS-SIFIL, felicitated Dr. Atul Patil for the Guest Lecture. Dr.Vaishali Jundre, Dy. Director, ELTIS-SIFIL, gave the welcome address.

In his lecture, Dr. Atul Patil stated that technology was one of the driving forces of the future; it was transforming our lives and shaping our future. He guided the students to use smart digital language learning tools and online tools to learn English Language. He used the metaphors like digital natives, digital immigrants, that really caught everybody’s attention. He supported the idea of integrating rather than segregating the natives and the immigrants by effective use of technology.

He said that mobile technology had made it possible for students to study anytime, anyplace and at their own convenience. He found that the best thing about online/mobile learning was that it accommodated all types of learning.

He introduced the audience to some effective mobile phone apps. He also suggested some websites for computer mediated communication (CMC). He convinced the audience on how they would be able to improve all the four skills of English Language using mobile and computer assisted language learning apps (MALL and CALL).

The students enjoyed all the activities and funny videos. The question-answer session was an interactive session. The vote of thanks was given by Ms. Jayasree Menon, Faculty & Coordinator.

Date:June 28, 2019: ‘Bridging the Gaps’ by Foliage Outdoors: A Division of Infinite Journeys Pvt. Ltd.

Glimpses:Teachers in Action!

It was the day when teachers had turned into the noisiest of all!

The Communication activity, Conveyor belt activity, Human Bingo, and Balloon Game kept them on their toes. The training focused on Team building and benefits of communication.

It was an energising stress buster. The activities boosted the morale of the faculty members and helped them to open up for communication and discussion. This training allowed them to break the barriers and to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The activities conducted during the training could be implemented in the language classroom which was another added advantage. The session left everybody charged.


Yoga Day: June 20, 2019

Trainer: Mr. Aakaash Ramchandani, Integrative Health and Fitness Coach
Glimpses: Yoga for All!

ELTIS-SIFIL organised a Yoga session on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to commemorate the occasion of International Yoga Day.

Faculty of ELTIS-SIFIL, International Students and office staff participated this programme.

As the first step, the trainer explained the importance of Yoga in de-stressing and relaxing the mind.

The trainer demonstrated a few breathing exercises to cleanse and purify the mind and body. This was followed by simple beginner Yoga poses.

He also gave some tips on Yoga for office. He demonstrated certain poses to minimize the discomfort of sitting for long hours at the desk.

Date: Feb.22, 2019

International Mother Language day celebration at ELTIS-SIFIL

Mother is the most influential person in everyone’s life in this world. It is hence not surprising that the first language which is learned by a child is called the “Mother Tongue”. A day dedicated to this language is a small contribution, to give it, its well-deserved respect. This day reminds us to pay homage to that one language which is our first stepping stone as multilinguals in this era of globalization.

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) and Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL) celebrated this “Matrubhasha Din” with all their students learning English and other foreign languages.

It began with a challenge to the students to speak non-stop in their mother tongue, without using English or any other language word. The Students participated wholeheartedly in this activity with some speaking flawlessly in Marathi, Hindi or Bangla and some totally messing up right at the beginning. The event became even more interesting when foreigners too actively participated and tried to speak in Marathi which they learned on Campus from their friends!

The next activity was an exciting competition between two groups of students. The students were given words in English, for which they had to tell the equivalent word in their mother tongue. Most difficult to translate were a Pen drive and Ice cream!

The event concluded by taking the students’ opinion on “How to preserve a language?” All the students had an exhilarating time observing this special day dedicated to the Mother Language.

Glimpses of the session:

Gala Learning (August and October 2018 batches) held on December 12 &13, 2018

On December 12 and 13, 2018 the international students of the August and October Batches took part in the Gala Learning Workshop. The event was diligently organized. There was a soul to it. A soul that was vibrant, contagious and exuberant. The event comprised mainly three major activities- 

  1. Spelling Bee for the Basic and Intermediate students (Dec. 12, 2018)

  2. What’s the Good Word for Intermediate students (Dec. 13, 2018) 

  3. Skill-wise activities for both the levels (Dec. 13, 2018)

To break the monotony of regular classrooms, the teachers design activities outside the classrooms, to make learning more fun. Emphasis is more on the practical aspects of language use rather than theoretical. 

Spelling Bee is intended to reinforce the importance of correct spellings among the students.

‘What’s the Good Word?’ is a vocabulary building competition.

In Language Fair, post lunch, students enjoyed the skill-wise, fun-filled activities. They are as follows:

  1. “Tattooed” - Ms. Carolann & Ms. Disha Agarwal

    At the first stall, students used poster colours and henna cones to make tattoos on each other using sample designs.

  2. “Creative Corner (DIY)” - Ms. Vidisha Chirmulay

    At the second stall, the students were given sheets, paper strips and some sample greeting cards and bookmarks with designs and quotes. Following the samples, the students designed their own cards and bookmarks. 

  3. “ELTIS Messenger” - Ms. Akansha Tigga

    At this stall, the students wrote short messages of well wishes and motivation for other students. Later, these message chits were picked by the students at random.

  4. “Speaking Roulette” – Ms. Sarika Korde

    At this stall, the students got a chance to spin the needle of the roulette wheel. Based on the number they got, they were given a word prompt and asked to speak for 1 minute on the theme / topic.

  5. “Karaoke Station”  – Mr. Punit Nitin Kawathekar

    The karaoke station was set up in classroom B. Students selected a song from a list of 25 songs and sang along the karaoke music. The students enjoyed singing and listening to other students. 

  6. Treasure Hunt 

    The last 45 minutes was devoted for a Treasure Hunt.

    Solving riddles given in 12 clues, 5 groups of 8 students hunted for the treasure hidden at ELTIS. Active team participation and energetic hubbub all over ELTIS building were witnessed as the teams ran from place to place looking for the treasure.

Chocolates were given for participation and pens were given as prize to students who made the best cards, bookmarks and narrated the interesting incidents using the given words in Speaking Roulette. Though the students were not in plenty, all those who were present enjoyed thoroughly and participated wholeheartedly.


The participants enjoyed the workshop and actively participated in all the activities throughout.

Winners of the Spelling Bee Competition held on December 12, 2018 Country Name of the winners Rank Batch Level
1 Djibouti Anas Kassim Yacin 1st August Basic
2 Djibouti Mounir Intisaar Said Runner up August Basic
3 Yemen Abdulhadi Omar Saleh Bajahaw Co-winner August  Intermediate
4 Thailand Woraphat Wongsuwan Co-winner August Intermediate

Winners of the ‘What’s the Good Word?’ Competition held on December 13, 2018 Country Name of the winners Rank Batch Level
    Brainy Buddies
1 Yemen Abdulrahman Naif Hamid Mohammed   August Intermediate
2 Sudan Mohamed Ali Mohamed Mustafa   August  Intermediate
3 China Wenwen Xu   October Intermediate
4 Thailand Nitiwit Kuldiloke   October Intermediate

Guest Lecture by Prof. Z.N. Patil: September 10, 2018

Students throng in huge numbers for Dr. Patil’s Lecture

ELTIS, the English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis organised a Guest Lecture on “Effective Spoken Communication in English”. Prof. Z. N. Patil, a renowned linguist addressed the audience on Friday, September 07, 2018 at 6.30 pm in Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium, Senapati Bapat, Road, Pune.

Dr. Shashikala Gurpur, Dean and Director of Symbiosis Law School (SLS) was the Chief Guest. She emphasised the fact that communication is more than delivering and receiving. She gave examples of usages of English language in the field of Law and legal register.

Professor Patil covered important facets of spoken communication with the examples and anecdotes from real life situations that led some humour and entertainment to his lecture.

The session had an overwhelming response. The students asked some thought provoking questions to Pro. Patil. It proved that they had understood the topic and would like to know more about the same in future.

Glimpses of the session:

Report on Faculty Development Programme: July & August 2018

Developing the competencies of Teacher Fraternity

ELTIS conducts Faculty Development Programme (FDP) to enhance the knowledge and language skills of its teachers. This also helps the teachers to equip themselves with the modern teaching methods of teaching and learning process. These are the following programmes conducted;

1. Friday, July 13, 2018: ‘Multiple Intelligences and Activity based Instruction’ by Ms. Roma Karanjkar, Full time faculty of ELTIS.

The training focused on Multiple Intelligence theory and it helped the teachers to provide a flexible approach to teaching. She shared several activities to aid different types of learners. She specifically highlighted the student-centric approach and assisted the teachers to focus on it in their sessions. The activities in the session helped teachers to mingle and learn by themselves.

Glimpses of the session:

2. Friday, July 20, 2018: ‘Learning Objectives to Learning Outcomes: Understanding the Journey’: Bloom’s Taxonomy’ by Dr. Sophia Gaikwad, Head, Symbiosis Teaching Learning Resource Centre & Dr. Pallavi Vartak, Principal, SMS & ET’s College of Education, Talegaon Dabhade.

Faculty got a clear picture about Bloom’s Taxonomy and its application in the teaching-learning process.  The session focused on learning objectives to learning outcomes. This session also provided the faculty information on organising the curriculum and how to focus on the outcome based education. 

Glimpses of the session:  

3. Friday, July 27, 2018: ‘Teachers as Performers’ by Mr. Prasad Vanarase, Founder Director, International Association for Performing Arts and Research.

The session was very interactive and informative. The session was a stress buster. They learned how to remove their inhibitions of being performers and use dramatic elements in their classrooms. Voice modulation techniques also facilitated the faculty to change and project their voice(s) effectively. 

Glimpses of the session:

Friday, August 18, 2018: ‘Effective Classroom Management’ by Dr. Vaishali Jundre, Deputy Director ELTIS-SIFIL.

She highlighted the importance of understanding students’ behavioral patterns, the role of a teacher as a facilitator and the significance of methodical planning and detailing to make the teaching-learning process effective, impactful and mutually rewarding. She demonstrated this very effectively by conducting varied interesting group activities and making the participants listen to two engaging TED Talks. She also threw light on the distinction between concepts like discipline & procedures, procedures & routines and so on as used in the classroom context. The session was instructive and interactive. The crux of the session was classroom control and management is easier if the teaching plan is tightly designed with well-planned student engagement activities.

Glimpses of the session:

4. Saturday, August 19, 2018:  ‘Incorporating Social Media and Apps as Language Learning Tools & Effective Usage of Internet for Teaching’ by Dr. Yogita Bhamare, CTA coordinator and faculty and Dr. Atul Patil Visiting Faculty, ELTIS.

The training focused on the significance of integrating technology into the classroom to make the teaching-learning process more student-centered as opposed to teacher-centered, thereby making it more fruitful and enjoyable. The resource persons discussed some important terminologies/theories used in this field like ‘digital native’, ‘digital taxonomy’, ‘TPACK’ (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) and so on and shared its growing importance in pedagogy. They also shared many useful websites and apps which could be used by teachers to plan their lessons, create teaching materials in an effective manner. The participants found the session quite interesting and revealing.

Glimpses of the session:

100 Days of ELTIS Talkie

Hello Folks!!

Hope you grabbed the chance and celebrated your weekend with a bang at ELTIS. People who missed the chance here’s a summary of what just happened at ELTIS.

ELTIS recently celebrated the success of the Centenary of ELTIS Movie Club, which began in 2014. A two day movie festival ’100 Days of ELTIS Talkie’ was held at ELTIS on 23rd & 24th of June. Twelve Movies from three different genres family, comedy and romance were screened in two days at ELTIS. Film Festival was inaugurated at the hands of Mr. Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI. The movie festival was open for all and thus it witnessed a huge audience. The festival also brought together former students of ELTIS.

Events like this at ELTIS deliver joy, fun, and entertainment in addition to learning.

Best wishes.

Story Writing Competition for International Students March Basic & Intermediate 2018

ELTIS, apart from providing classroom education also places emphasis on co-curricular activities for its students. A Story Writing Competition was held on May 23, 2018 for the International Students of the March Basic & Intermediate Batch 2018. The competition focused on the enhancement of creative writing skills of the students.

13 students from the Basic batch participated in the competition. Students were given picture prompts to help them make use of their creativity to write interesting stories. Their participation in the competition was enthusiastic and noteworthy.

6 students from the Intermediate batch participated in the competition. These students had to weave a story round the randomly chosen details of setting, characters and plot given to them. The students presented the stories creatively on chart papers and were requested to add at least one picture representing the main incidents from the story.

Ms. Paaban Mukherjee & Ms. Jincy Joshua, full time faculty at ELTIS, were the judges for the basic and intermediate levels respectively.

Names of the winners:

Basic Batch Winners:

  1. Ghazaleh Mohammed Ali Esmaeilzehi 1st
  2. Ammar Omar Saed Farea Al-Hakimi 2nd
  3. Abdol Basir Abdolvahed Mollazadeh 3rd

Intermediate Batch winner:

  1. Afsoon Mahjoobi

Report on Family Day

Family Day, the most awaited event at ELTIS-SIFIL, was organised on Friday, May 18, 2018. All the family members of the employees of ELTIS-SIFIL were present for this event. The theme for this year’s Family Day was Floral. It was eye-catching to see the people dressed in floral attires. The campus was decked up with floral patterns and designs.

A variety of fun games and activities were conducted. The fashion show organised for the faculty and staff had the Director of ELTIS-SIFIL, Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe as the show stopper. People also tapped their feet and twisted their bodies to the beats, as Mr. Avik Bhattacharya conducted an engaging Zumba session. A talent show was also organised where family members and staff showcased their talents and entertained the audience.

Family Day one of the most loved events of ELTIS-SIFIL was celebrated with much joy and enthusiasm. It was a roller coaster ride of fun, entertainment, and happiness. Everybody parted ways after a sumptuous dinner.

Guest Lecture on

“Communicating with Americans: Dos and Don’ts”

by Ms. Cristin Bleess

on Fri. May 11, 2018 at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium

A guest lecture was arranged by the English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS)– for its students by Ms. Cristin Bleess, on ‘Communicating with Americans: Dos and Don’ts’, successfully took place on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Vishwabhavan Auditorium on Senapati Bapat Road, Pune.

Ms. Bleess has been deputed at ELTIS for the last 10 months as an English Language Fellow of the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the US Embassy, New Delhi. In her guest lecture, Ms. Bleess brought out a significant number of key differences between American English and Indian English.

Ms. Bleess, a passionate educator in ELT, began the session with a brief historical perspective of English as it is used all over the world. She, then, focused on the differences in vocabulary between the two branches of English selected for the talk, and touched upon the cultural aspects that impacted this evolution. Ms. Bleess also compared Indian English with American English based on her own experiences of living in India which added a very useful personal element to the presentation.

On the back of this fruitful interaction, ELTIS is keen on arranging such co-curricular activities in future too, to ensure a wider and richer exposure of English to both its Indian and international students. This lecture, thus, is part of an ongoing series of such events.

Victors arise!! Hear, hear!!

Victory belongs to the most persevering!!!

And ELTISians have persevered, strived and toiled to make victory theirs. In the battle of words between the orators of January and March Batch on 09 May 2018, a tough war was fought and won by our students.

And, we proudly present the victors of the IS Elocution Competition:

1 Fengqin Fu (Annie) Jan Intermediate 1st
2 Leonie Heim March Intermediate 2nd
3 Keurmaetha Rerkpornpipat (Kurt) Jan Intermediate 3rd

1 Youssouf Mohamed Aras Jan Basic 1st
2 Yahya Gholamok Ehsani Far Jan Basic 2nd
3 Ghazaleh Esmaeelzeh March Basic 3rd

Visit by H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai on Fri. April 13, 2018 to ELTIS

Distinguished Visitors

ELTIS had the privilege to welcome H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, the American Consul General in Mumbai on Fri. April 13, 2018. Ms. Kate Ortenzi, Economic Professional Associate of the Consulate General of the United States of America accompanied the Consul General.

The Consul General interacted with the students and teachers of ELTIS. He was satisfied with the progress of the students of English Access Microscholarship Program sponsored by the US government. He was impressed by the teaching methods of ELTIS. He opined that the program was into right hands and assured that the relationship between the US government and ELTIS would last long. He appreciated the highly skilled Indian professionals for their dedication to their jobs or higher studies. He also lauded the strong bilateral relationship that India and the US have built.

Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society and Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director of ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC escorted the CG throughout this brief visit.

Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC welcoming H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai. At the centre: H/Capt. Shambha Prasad (Retd.), Office Superintendent: ELTIS-SIFIL

H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai addressing the Access students

H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai sharing his thoughts with Access students

An Access student presenting a Greeting card to H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai

Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India addressing the Access students. On her right: H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai

A student narrating her experience about Access with H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai. On his right: Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India

An Access student sharing his dream with H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai and Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India

In the meeting… From L to R.. 1. H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai 2. Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India

Dr. Ms. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India felicitating H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai

H. E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai expressing his wishes to have a long-term relationship with Symbiosis. At the centre: Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC, Ms. Cristin Bleess, English Language Fellow of RELO, ELTIS, Pune and faculty members of ELTIS-SIFIL

(Occasion: Visit by H.E. Mr. Edgard Kagan, Consul General, Consulate General of US, Mumbai on Fri. April 13, 2018 to ELTIS, Symbiosis, Pune, India)

ELTIS conducted 24 workshops on Soft Skills for 502 staff members of Central railway.

A Teacher Training Programme for Symbiosis School Teachers. Teachers participating in activities

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