Thursday, 5 July 2012

Que Sera Sera

"When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be?
Will I be pretty?  Will I be rich?
Here's what she said to me

Que Sera, Sera,

Whatever will be, will be!
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be!"

That was what you would have heard the girls sing, if you came to our communication skills class with the tenth standard girls at Deepa Academy around 4 o’clock today. To help them improve English, we had suggested that they listen to some English songs. Being a new thing for them, we had taken some selected songs for them to the class today. The favorite amongst the ones selected was this song Que sera sera sung by Dorris Day.

Never having sung songs before, it was rather surprising that how I didn’t mind singing for the girls and demonstrating how the song should be sung. It was something that came subconsciously just to make the girls comfortable and help them in whatever way I could.

After singing some songs, we had a session on the telephone etiquettes. To make this interesting we had made the paper cup telephone and taken it to the academy. To make the paper cup telephone, take two large paper cups and punch a tiny hole in the centre of the bottom of each with a sewing needle or something similar. Take a piece of non-stretchable thread and thread each end through each hole. Either knot or tape the string so it cannot go back through the hole when the string is stretched.To use the paper cup telephone let two people have a paper cup each and make them stand apart from each other till the string stretches and is absolutely straight. Now if one person talks into one of the cups while the other listens, the second person should be able to hear what the first person says.

With each girl holding paper cups and standing in different rooms with the string joining the paper cups completely stretched, they spoke to each other and us taking turns as if it was a real telephone. Initially shy to talk to us using the new instrument they got, they took no time getting acquainted with the paper cup telephone and making it their new toy to talk amongst themselves.

In the morning session we covered the basics of internet. The eagerness to learn all that they could, gave us a different sense of contentment. We were glad they were bubbling with excitement and wanted to learn all that they could. While some of them opened Deepa Academy’ s website and then tried navigating through it to reach the gallery and see if there were any photographs with them dancing or singing ,some others were super excited to use the E-mail, make their own E- mail accounts and understand how to send and receive mails.

Time flew by, we wanted to tell them as much as we could. But somewhere we knew learning about the Internet is not easy for them. It is very easy for them to get lost between the numerous buttons, links and options the browser offers. We had to give them time.So we had to stop, even though their eagerness to learn made us want to keep going.

Seeing these girls, Jayasi and I knew we had a lot of homework to do, but that never bogged us down, just pepped us up and raised our spirits to work harder and find out the best possible way for them to access the internet despite the given restrictions.

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