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Date: Aug 04, 2017

It really surprises to see almost everyone who knows the alphabets of English and having some financial base opening an IELTS Institute these days and claiming to be the Top IELTS institutes in Jalandhar or the Best IELTS Academy in Jalandhar, Punjab. If they could, they would proclaim themselves not just the Best IELTS Institutes in Jalandhar, Punjab rather in India.

It?s really a sorry state of affairs to see these disguised institutes fleecing the innocents of their money by misleading them through the power of the advertisement. Just for example, some of the institutes? advertisement budget is in lacks, close to a million. In the name of no 1 institute or the Best IELTS Coaching, they gather crowds. Majority of the student is unable to qualify and a few get through just because of their own knowledge. While these so called no 1 Institutes and the Best IELTS Institutes do not take the blame of failures, they jump to take the credit of success.

The question is, most of these best IELTS institutes or the No 1 institutes claim to conduct classes for full day?.. how it is possible? Recall your school times. Every subject period used to be of 45 mts at the most. The policy says that the student can focus for that much time only. So, how do they pass time or what these Best IELTS institutes do is beyond comprehension.

One more fact is that these best IELTS institutes or the Top IELTS institute owners? main focus is to catch the ?fish? (students who clear IELTS)?. They become great by promising the free coaching or pay the fee back but they never tell the student that this fee is peanuts before the commission they get from colleges abroad. A college from Newzealand pays them in lacs of rupees, next comes Australia, then Canada. You can see that they recommend these countries accordingly.

So, if u can read this mail, you can understand the message. Pls don?t get way-laid, bevkoof na bano. Don?t choose an institute that can prepare you, choose one you can?t prepare without. God bless


Date: Apr 06, 2015

Learning English can happen in a variety of ways. Some of these methods include:
Create a personal dictionary
This entails using a notebook to organise your vocabulary.
You could record new words or phrases you have learnt according to a topic area or a theme, parts of speech (adjectives, nouns and so on), idioms etc.
The key thing is to record the word or phrase in context; which means writing a sentence than just the isolated word.
This will help you remember it better, allow you to make associations with the context and personalise your learning.
Using post-its
Write the word, phrase or chunk of language on one side and the meaning on the other. You can do this for five to six words at a time.
Stick the post-its on your mirror, the wall or the wardrobe in your room.
Test yourself in the week by remembering the meaning of the word and making an example sentence. You could also take the post-its with you in your bag!
Learn some routines in English
This relates to learning sentences which you need again and again.
Practise so that you can use these in conversations with people you meet every day without having to worry.
Set up a conversation group
Form a group with your peers, friends or colleagues -- write some familiar conversation topics on cards.
Take a card and speak about the topic, be prepared to discuss the topic at length (5 to 10 minutes) with your group.
Think of expressions you could use to agree, disagree or interrupt.
Ask a lot of questions to extend the topic and most importantly enjoy the conversation!

Maintain a writing file
Collect authentic examples of different text types (letters, emails, reports, advertisements, instructions).
When you have to write something similar, you can refer to these texts for layout, organisation and content.
Maintain a diary of your thoughts and ideas
Write down how you feel and what is on your mind at the moment.
Write freely and don?t worry about making mistakes.
You need to balance accuracy and fluency in your written work as well in your spoken English.
You can use these personal reflections and ideas in more structured writing (like essays) later on.
Mind mapping
Brain storm ideas when deciding what to write.
This means putting all your ideas on paper in note form.
Once you have a lot of ideas, you can select the relevant ones and cross out others.
This exercise is useful just to get as wide a variety of ideas as possible.
Plan your writing
When preparing to write a report or an essay, don?t forget you need to plan first.
What points do you think you need to make? What order should you put them in for best effect?
Think about these things before you start.
Later, you can concentrate on getting grammar and vocabulary correct when you are writing.
Make a checklist
When you revise the final copy of your writing, notice the mistakes you have made; these could be related to grammar, spelling, using the same words again and again, paragraphing etc.
Make a checklist of these mistakes and refer to the list before you do the next piece of writing so that you don't make them again.


Date: Feb 27, 2015

8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher
What makes a teacher strong?
What differentiates the best from the rest? There?s no shortage of bodies (some dramatically misguided) attempting to solve this riddle. The answers are nebulous at best. Below is a list of traits, some of which may be familiar but many of which will never show up on any sort of performance review. Check them out and see what you think.
1. They Demonstrate Confidence
Confidence while teaching can mean any number of things, it can range from having confidence in your knowledge of the material being learned to having confidence that your teaching acumen is second to none. It?s the confidence that you know you?re in the right spot doing what you want to be doing and that no matter what transpires, having that time to spend with those young learners is going to be beneficial both for them and for yourself. It?s clear to students when teachers exude this feeling. Working in schools is difficult and stressful, and also immensely rewarding. But if you?re not confident that you?re in the right place when you?re teaching?you?re probably not.
2. They Have Life Experience
Having some life experience outside the classroom and outside the realm of education is invaluable for putting learning into context and keeping school activities in perspective. Teachers who have travelled, worked in other fields, played high level sports or enjoyed any number of other life experiences bring to the profession outlooks other than ?teacher?. From understanding the critical importance of collaboration and teamwork, to being able to answer that ageless senior math question ?when are we going to use this??, educators who have spent significant time and energy on alternate pursuits come to the profession with a deep understanding of where school fits into the bigger picture of life.
3. They Understand Each Student?s Motivation
Just as each student has a different set of interests, every student will have a correspondingly different set of motivators. Many (or most) students will be able to reconcile their own outlook and ambitions with what?s happening in the class and take motivation from that relationship. Unfortunately some students will rely simply on external motivators, but worse, we?ve all run into students who really can?t find a relationship between what makes them tick and what?s happening in the classroom around them.
These students run the risk of disengaging altogether. This is where the master teacher knows each of her students and helps them to contextualize the work they?re doing to allow the student to make a connection with something in his realm of interest. Teachers who can?t help students make this connection need to rethink what?s going on. After all, what IS the point of work in which a student finds no interest and for which he can make no connection?

4. They?re People, Not Heroes.
Yes, all teachers are heroes. Now let?s move beyond the platitude to what this really means. Some teachers still have trouble showing any sort of vulnerability of fallibility. These teachers will expend immense amounts of energy hiding the fact they?re frustrated at something, that they?re upset or perhaps even angry. Why? Other teachers get tied into logical knots to avoid admitting ?I have no idea what the answer to your question is.? But teachers who genuinely connect with students are the ones who aren?t afraid to show emotions in class, who can admit that they aren?t in fact the repository of all knowledge.
Of course nobody want to be a wallowing, blubbering mess in class, but what better way to teach empathy than to give the students someone to empathize with when we?re having a bad day? What better way to foster collaboration and to teach that it?s okay not to know something than to say ?I don?t know, let?s find that out!??
5. They?re Technologically Capable
Let?s not belabour this point, after all, plenty of ink (or pixels as the case may be!) has already been spilled on this topic. As time passes, the statement ?But I?m not very good with _________.?(fill in the blank with any number of technological devices) is sounding ever more like ?But I?m not very good with a telephone.?
The only time the sentiment above is acceptable is if it?s followed immediately by ??but I?m very willing to learn!? After all, we wouldn?t accept such weak rationalizations from students regarding their work. In 2013, as a profession, we lose credibility every time we allow excuses like this to go unchallenged. Enough said.
6. They Model Risk Taking
We encourage our students to be risk takers, we?d all like to be risk takers, but let?s be honest, the nature of the beast is that many teachers are not naturally risk takers. This point goes hand in hand with showing vulnerability, the teacher who?s willing to go out on a limb, to try something new, to be ?wacky? in the name of pedagogy earns the respect of students, even if the snickers seem to say something different.
No matter the success or failure of the risk taken, the experience will certainly be memorable for the kids in that class, and isn?t that what we?re aiming for? After all, as the old adage goes, there?s no such thing as bad publicity.
7. They Focus On Important Stuff
Whether it?s worrying about who?s late to class, collecting every little piece of work in order to ?gather marks? or spending too much time lecturing to the class in order to ?cover the material?, there?s no shortage of ways to distract teachers from what?s important. Strong teachers know that things like chronic tardiness or skipping class are usually symptoms of larger issues and as such, spending precious time and energy trying to ?fix? the issue almost never works. That?s what administrators and counselors are for.
They also understand that efficient and effective assessment means eliminating busy work while giving targeted, meaningful feedback and that engaging the students, connecting the material to their interests and passions, is the surest way to maximize learning. There?s plenty of minutiae and enough CYA (Cover Your?) in education to easily get sidetracked, strong teachers keep their focus on what?s important.
8. They Don?t Worry Too Much About What Administrators Think
This trait is tied in with many of the others listed above. Strong teachers do their job without worrying too much about ?what the principal will think?. They?ll take risks, their classes may be noisy, or messy, or both. Their activities may end up breaking something (usually the rules) in order to spark excitement or engagement.
They understand that learning is not a neat and tidy activity and that adhering too closely to rules and routines can drain from students the natural curiosity, spontaneity and passion that they bring to school. Worrying about what the boss may think can be draining and restrictive in any job, teaching is no exception.
In fact, the best teachers live by the code ?It?s easier to get forgiveness than permission.?


Date: Feb 25, 2015



Date: Feb 23, 2015

IELTS Life Skills ? a new IELTS test
Announcement of IELTS Life Skills test
This is exciting news: a new IELTS test called IELTS Life Skills is going to be available from April 2015. Candidates will be able to register and pay for their test from late March 2015. As this test is brand new and has been just announced one day ago, there isn?t much information available yet. We did our best to prepare a summary for you, and will update it as soon as more details come out.
What is IELTS Life Skills test?
IELTS Life Skills test is different from the General Training IELTS and from the Academic IELTS, it only tests two skills, Listening and Speaking. It is intended mainly for people wanting to immigrate to the UK. At the time of writing this (21 February 2015) the new test was announced at the same time as changes to UK immigration requirements and on the official IELTS website it is linked specifically to the UK immigration, but in the future other countries might add the IELTS Life Skills test to their visa requirements.
Skills tested
IELTS Life Skills will be testing Speaking and Listening at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1 (read more on CEFR here). Why just two skills? Because it was designed to meet specific immigration requirements for which applicants only need to prove their speaking and listening skills.
Test format
There are 3 people in the examination room: two test takers and one examiner. The examiner is assessing each of the two test takers. At times the two test takers are required to interact with each other. There is no break between the Speaking and Listening assessments.
Note: the performance of one test taker is not supposed to affect the score of the other test taker.
Assessment process
There are four criteria each test taker is being assessed for:
1. Obtaining information
2. Conveying information
3. Speaking to communicate
4. Engaging in discussion
At times during the test candidates are allowed to take notes to prepare their answers. The examiner will not mark those notes ? only the candidates? speaking and listening skills are marked during the test.
There are two main parts to IELTS Life Skills test:
Part 1
In Part 1 candidates are expected to ask and answer questions on familiar topics.
Part 2
In Part 2 listening and speaking skills are tested at the same time.
A1 and B1 levels: candidates will listen to a task played on a CD. Completing the task allows them to show ability to listen for both the general meaning and detail.
Candidates need to say their answers (not write them down), although they can make notes on paper while listening to the CD.
Then there will be a discussion on a topic related to what candidates have listened to on the CD.
B1 level only: in addition to the tasks above there is also another task where one candidate plans an activity with the other candidate.
Note: the reason one candidate has to interact with the other is, IELTS Life Skills tests how well people can communicate with others in everyday English. The best way to test these skills is to put two test takers at a similar level of ability in a situation that allows them to show how well they can speak English to communicate and engage in discussion with others.
Test scores (results)
In this test you can get only one of two results: ?pass? or ?below pass? (which basically means fail). If you receive ?below pass? your result won?t allow you to proceed with your visa application.
Test duration
Compared to a standard IELTS test this is a quick test:
IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes only 16-18 minutes.
IELTS Life Skills at Level B1 takes 22 minutes.
Test dates and locations
The test dates and locations aren?t available at the time of writing this post, as soon as they are announced and registration begins, we will update this announcement.
Test Results
Test results are available within 6 days of the test.
Test Samples
Test samples aren?t available yet, as soon as they appear on the IELTS official website we will update this post and include a link to the samples.
UK visa-specific information
You can find more information about whether you need to take IELTS Life Skills test and what level you need to achieve on this website.
Official IELTS website advises:
?If you take IELTS on or before 5 April 2015 you may be able to use it for your application up to 5 November 2015. You should confirm this with UKVI before making your application.
From 6 April 2015 you must take the test at an IELTS test centre authorised by UKVI to run IELTS tests for UK visa and immigration purposes and you must confirm at the time of registration that you wish to use your test for UK Visas and Immigration.
Note: candidates applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UK universities and colleges should contact those institutions as different requirements may apply.?


Date: Feb 20, 2015

When Stephen Hawking's father suggested him to get a permanent home-nurse, he answered that he cannot afford a nurse. His father in a surprising tone asked him, " how come? you're world famous." Stephen Hawking in a quirky tone replied, "Yes, for black holes, not for rock concerts."

That is the condition of Scientists. Yes, film actors and musicians are highly paid and Scientists live on peanuts but we can't blame the actors for that. In any profession, money is generated from the number of people his work gets appreciated. If I write a book on explaining the solution of 3-D Turbulence equations, who'd buy that?, probably in hundreds. If I write a book about the sex-life and breakups of Kate Upton, million copies get sold in hours!

In simple words, most people are not smart enough to understand and admire the work done by Scientists but almost everyone living on this planet loves entertainment, sex, and music, including Scientists. As long as the people don't get excited enough to understand complex Science, things won't change.


Date: Jan 27, 2015

Alternative English Language tests for visa applicants

From 23 November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes.

Scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be accepted from a test taken on or after 1 January 2015 (to coincide with the launch of Cambridge English Language Assessment's new reporting system).

These tests are alternatives to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET), and have been accepted in the Student visa programme since 2011.

Student visa applicants can continue to provide scores from the IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests.


Date: Jan 21, 2015

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary has included over 240 words from Indian English.
While this is the largest number of Indian words to make it to the dictionary, it is certainly not the first time this has happened.
Over the centuries, several words of Indian origins have sneaked into the English language.
This was, of course, bound to happen.
When you rule a country for those many years, you are bound to pick up some local words, aren't you?
So here we have it then... 10 words in the English language that you probably didn't know have Indian roots.
1. Bungalow
Bungalow derives from the Hindi word bangla, which OED describes as 'a type of cottage built for early European settlers in Bengal'.
2. Loot

Loot, which as a noun means stolen money or valuables, and as a verb acts as a synonym for steal, comes from the similar-sounding Hindi word loot which, as we know, means 'to rob'! :-)
3. Bangle

Bangle comes from the Hindi word bangri.
4. Avatar

And avatar, which means incarnation (or could refer to an 'icon or a figure representing a particular person in a computer game, Internet forum, etc') owes its roots to the Sanskrit wordavatara.
5. Chutney

Chutney... well you don't need us to explain that one now, do you?
6. Juggernaut

Juggernaut, which in English, is another word for 'a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force' takes its inspiration from Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Krishna, whose image is paraded through the streets of Puri, Odisha, in a chariot under which devotees threw themselves.
Juggernaut, therefore, can also mean a large, heavy vehicle, like a lorry.
7. Jungle

Jungle comes from the Hindi word that sounds just as it is written here.
8. Punch

The OED website kindly tells us that punch, the drink from juices and/or spirits has been in usage since the mid 17th century. Its roots can be traced back to the Sanskrit panca which literally means 'five or five kinds of' (because the drink had five ingredients).
9. Roti

Our very own roti, better known in the English-speaking world as Indian bread, is also part of the Oxford English Dictionary.
10. Dacoit

And we wind up with dacoit, who would have for the rest of her/his life been called a bandit if it hadn't been for the Hindi word dakait! :-)
Should it be a surprise that the derivation of dacoity should also owe its roots to the Hindi derivation, dakaiti? :-)


Date: Jan 15, 2015

1. Did you know there is a word for...
That horrible feeling in the morning when you find it absolutely impossible to get out of bed?
The word is: Clinomania
Another word for it is dysania.
Clinomania comes from the Greek word clino (meaning bed) and mania (meaning addiction).
So quite literally, it is an addiction to one's bed. :-)

2.That moment when on a cold day, you feel the sun's warmth, is a moment of apricity.
Apricity owes its roots to the Latin word apricus which means 'warmed by the sun'.

3.You probably tear your hair every time you read your doctor's prescription.
That illegible scrawl that we so often call 'doctor's handwriting' is called griffonage.
Griffonage comes from the old French word grifouner which means 'to scribble'.
4.Remember the time when you sang: "We're going to eat pizza!" when in fact Vengaboys were simply singing about "Going to Ibiza!"?
If you've been mishearing lyrics, dear readers, you are guilty of mondegreen.
Unlike all the words above, the origins of mondegreen don't go too far back.
The word owes its origins to the American writer Sylvia Wright who in the November 1954 issue of Harper's magazine wrote an essay about mishearing words.
One of her favourite verses that her mother would read out to her went:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands ???Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray, And Lady Mondegreen.
Or so Ms Wright thought.
It would be much later she realised that
They hae slain the Earl Amurray, And laid him on the green.
Indeed, Lady Mondegreen (if she did exist) was quite safe.
In any case, mondegreen would have to wait for about half a century to receive a mention in the 2000 edition of the Random House Webster's College Dictionary.
And it would be another eight years before Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary added the word included the word in their 2008 edition.
5. This one you've probably heard of.
What do you call words or phrases that read the exact same way forward or backward?
Yep! Palindrome!
Examples of palindromes include:
? Mom
? Dad
? Step on no pets
? Malayalam
6. Did you know that the silent letters in words like knight, honest, hour, calm and faux (among many others) are called aphthongs?
Surely you knew that? :-)
7. The rustling sound of your wife's (or anyone else's) sari is called scroop.
Scroop is a harsh, grating sound and is a combination of two words -- scrape and whoop and originated between 1780 and 1790.
8. The foam on beer or (to a lesser degree) wine is called barm.
Say cheers to that the next time you go out drinking!
9. That thing you use instead of a profanity... you know when you call your boss a b*#%*!$?
Yeah! That has a name too. It's called grawlix!
The word appeared for the first time in 1964 in an article called Let's get down to grawlixes written by Mort Walker... creator of Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois.
He would then name various symbols used in comics in The Lexicon of Comicana
10. And we wind up with a mouthful of a word -- xenagorabibliomania!
The word describes an obsessive curiosity about the books that strangers read in open spaces and is perhaps the youngest word in this list.
It was coined by the British author Nick Hornby... in 2006!
That's all for today folks! Till next week! :-)

general info

Date: Jan 14, 2015


Insurance Cover for LPG Cylinder

LPG Cyinders come with Rs 40 lakh cover

Customers are TOTALLY unaware !!

?The amount of insurance payable varies according to the installments deposited by the agency. Also, if an accident is caused by cylinder explosion where accessories used were original and ISI approved, then customers can claim damages; otherwise not,? said a senior manager with one of the leading government-run insurance companies.

It is fairly easy and cheap to check if your accessories you use are acceptable. At Rs70 as maintenance charges for two years, the local gas agency will check whether the accessories in use are branded or not ? an important condition while claiming insurance.

In case of death due to explosion of gas cylinder, the victim has to appeal in the court demanding compensation. The court decides the amount of insurance according to age, salary and other conditions.

The claim was confirmed by a gas agency owner who said the information should be common knowledge since it is mentioned on the office notice board and it is mandatory to do so. Interestingly, the gas agency itself did not have a notice board in its office.

Turn to the court

All it means that if you are a LPG user your life is insured in case of an accident for upto Rs 40 Lakhs. In case of an accident you can claim upto Rs 50 Lakhs incl damages and hospitalisation charges. The LPG companies and the govt are conveniently not advertising this order deliberately.


Alternative English Language tests for visa applicants

Date: Jan 10, 2015

From 23 November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes.

Scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be accepted from a test taken on or after 1 January 2015 (to coincide with the launch of Cambridge English Language Assessment's new reporting system).

These tests are alternatives to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET), and have been accepted in the Student visa programme since 2011.

Student visa applicants can continue to provide scores from the IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests.