English - Class XI Resources

The following list of online resources are provided as a sample of curated resources. New resources shall be added as we come across interesting and relevant online materials.

1. Listening Skills

Description: The PPT displays information on Types of listening, active empathetic listener, 'Traits of a good listener, ' barriers in effective listening. Tips for effective listening vs passive listening.

Core Concepts: Listening skills, types of listening, Responding non-verbally.

Link: PPT on listening skills

2. Why are “Speaking and Listening” Skills so Important?

Description: This material is in a power point presentation. Hubert Ball presents a theme presentation on Why are “Speaking and listening” skills so important?

Core Concepts: Basics of speaking and listening skills, parents’ mentoring at home to enhance child’s and listening speaking skills.

Link: PPT on why are speaking and listening skills so important

3. “What I learned as a Prisoner in North Korea”-Euna Lee. TEDx Indiana University

Description: This video is from TED talk and Euna Lee, a journalist and Executive producer for VOA shares her experiences in a detention center where she was captured by the North Korean Regime. While she was shooting a documentary of a human trafficking.

Core Concepts: Art of empathetic, articulative speaker and listener.

Link: Video on what I learned as a prisoner

4. I have a dream, Martin Luther King Jr.

Description: "I Have a Dream" is an iconic speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom.

Core Concepts: The power or essence of Martin Luther King’s speech, rhetoric and oratory skills.

Link: Webpage on I have a dream

5. Malala Yousafzai: Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 2014

Description: The video captures the event of Malala Yousafzai delivering her Nobel Lecture on 10 December 2014 at the Oslo City Hall, Norway. Malala's central message is that no matter what the obstacles be it economic, cultural or social — everybody is entitled to a quality education as a human right. In the words of the young activist: “Education is education.

Core Concepts: Rhetoric and oratory skills, gesture, tone and essence of her lecture.

Link: Webpage on Noble peace prize lecture

6. Cooperative Learning Snowball Throwing - Method of Learning

Description: This link gives information on steps of using cooperative learning strategy, snowball throwing activity. This activity is effective while using towards the conclusion of the lesson with the objectives to clarify, confirm learner’s understanding of the lesson, aid learner’s comprehension skill etc.

Core Concepts: Provides conceptual understanding of the lesson’s topic to learners.

Link: Webpage on cooperative learning snowball throwing

7. How to Improve English Speaking Skill (by yourself) | Easy Tips for Learners-Helena

Description: The skill of paraphrasing, changing with different subjects, developing ideas, and improving grammar.

Core Concepts: Easy tips for learners on art of paraphrasing, changing subjects.

Link: Webpage on how to improve English speaking skill

8. How to Practice Speaking English Alone - 15 Easy Tips-Keith

Description: Keith talks about how to enable to practice English speaking when alone at home. The video is informative in providing 15 tips on speaking skills for non-contact teaching purposes.

Core Concepts: Tips on speaking skill: practice, interacting, collocation fun, imitate native speakers, practice idioms, responding, shadowing.

Link: Webpage on how to speak in English

9. Speech Writing Class 12 Format, Examples, Topics, Sample

Description: Speech Writing Class 12 Format, Examples, Topics, Samples.

Core Concepts: Speeches for different, occasions, formats and sample speeches.

Link: Webpage on speech writing

10. Extempore

Description: This link provides a great platform to develop communication skills and time management. The information helps learners to conceive and generate ideas without any preparation.

Core Concepts: How to Address and analyse the issue on the spot. Tips to improve logical thinking and reasoning ability in a learner.

Link: Webpage on delivering extempore speech

11. Interviewer Technique - Getting it Right

Description: This short film provides interviewers with an insight into how to conduct a good interview. The panel uses appropriate questioning techniques and positive body language to create a professional and effective selection process.

Core Concepts: Appropriate questioning techniques.

Link: Webpage on 7 interview techniques to conduct an effective interview

Description: STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioral-based interview.

Core Concepts: Positive body language.

Link: PDF on the star method of behavioral interviewing

Description: This link informs about basics of an interviewer.

Core Concepts: Essential checklist for an interviewer, selective questioning skills.

Link: Webpage on how to be a good interviewer

12. Listening for Tone and Attitude

Description: This video lesson explains some important aspects of Listening: Listening for tone attitude and certainty. It also informs the viewers about Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches.

Core Concepts: Listening for tone, attitude and certainty. Tips and practice on tone, attitude, certainty, volume, pitch, word choice etc.

Link: Video on listening for tone and attitude

13. Critical Listening & Thinking skills: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Description: It informs the viewers about Critical Listening & Thinking skills: Evaluating Others' Speeches.
The video lesson explains the emotional appeal and logical argument of the speaker.

Core Concepts: Critical thinking and analyzing claims of the speaker, use of puffery to stress a point.

Link: Video on critical listening and thinking skills

14. Tone, Teaching English: British Council

Description: The link has information on some of the essences or techniques of oral conversation: “tone,” “mood,” and “attitude.
Core Concepts: Useful links on Intonation, evaluating, reading aloud.

Link: Webpage on tone

15. Tone of Voice in Communication

Description: This video looks at how our tone of voice in communication influences the way we are perceived including a look at our other nonverbal vocal cues and visual cues.

Core Concepts: Nonverbal, vocal cues and visual cues.

Link: Video on tone of voice in communication

Description: In this link the same video can be found in pdf Quick Guide to Professional Communication Skills: It explains how Our visual nonverbal cues also influence the way our tone of voice is perceived by others.

Core Concepts: Nonverbal, vocal cues and visual cues.

Link: PDF on quick guide to professional communication skills

16. Persuasive Essay

Description: The Content in this link includes 4 elements of persuasive essay, Persuasive essay samples, tips, outline few excerpts from persuasive essays with well crafted thesis statement.

Core Concepts: Thesis statement, facts logical argument.

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17. Quit Social Media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons

Description: It’s a TEDx talks programme where Dr. Cal Newport delivers a persuasive talk on how deep work will make you better at what you do. You will achieve more in less time. And feel the sense of true fulfilment that comes from the mastery of a skill.

Core Concepts: Logical argument, facts and logics used.

Link: Video on quit social media

18. Outlining the Persuasive Speech- Persuasive Speech Outline Template Emcworthy

Description: The link presents components to outline persuasive speech in the Introduction, Body and conclusion of the speech.
Core Concepts: Thesis statement, general and specific purpose body- evidence -credibility.

Link: Video on outlining the persuasive speech

19. Check Out Human Books at the Human Library!

Description: The link gives us a brief outlook of a listening -speaking strategy “The Human Library which is not the typical library but a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is designed to start conversations, challenge stereotypes, and eliminate prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a global movement, where you can check out HUMAN books!

Core Concepts: Real stories of people shared, stereotypes, persuasive tones.

Link: Video on human books at the human library

20. How Parts of Speech Depend on Context

Description: The video reviews some of the ways in which words can change their function due to the context in which they're placed.

Core Concepts: Parts of speech.

Link: Video on how parts of speech depend on context

21. Use of Same Words as Different Parts of Speech

Description: The site explains how many words can function as different parts of speech depending on how they're used in a sentence.

Core Concepts: Parts of speech and different context.

Link: Video on use of same words as different parts of speech

22. Formality vs Informality in English

Description: The link gives us a brief outlook on what makes spoken English more or less formal. It explains the contractions of verb forms and modal auxiliaries used to convey a level of informality or formality.

Core Concepts: Characteristics of formal and informal English.

Link: Webpage on formality vs informality

23. Why do We Use Literal and Figurative Language?

Description: The video lesson informs the literal use of words exactly according to their conventionally accepted meanings or denotation. Figurative (or non-literal) language uses words in a way that deviates from their conventionally accepted definitions in order to convey a more complicated meaning or heightened effect.

Core Concepts: Literal language figurative language heightened effect.

Link: Webpage on literal and figurative language

24. Fun Activities to Teach Idioms

Description: This link shows some of the fun activities to teach idioms.

Core Concepts: Idioms, charade, task cards.

Link: Webpage on fun activities to teach idioms

25. 13 Fail-Safe Icebreakers to Use in Class

Description: This link has an explanation for Ice-breaking activity which allows students to talk to a maximum number of classmates in a short time. The class forms two concentric circles facing each other. Ask an icebreaker, a question/s will be posed and learners will have a minute to discuss it.  Note: Explore link for detailed explanation.

Core Concepts: Ice breaking question.

Link: Webpage on 13 fail safe icebreakers

26. Communications Process: Encoding and Decoding

Description: The link explains the 4 channels of communication model and the interdependence of each aspect. It informs the process of communication.

Core Concepts: Encoder, transmission reception, decoder.

Link: Webpage on communication process

27. Word Card

Description: The link highlights the key features of word card strategy helpful both for teachers and learners to understand a new concept in more comprehensive ways.

Core Concepts: Word, definition.

Link: Webpage on word card

28. Features of Language

Description: The power point presentation presents features of Language. It provides an explanation with examples.

Core Concepts: Features of language, examples.

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29. Behavioristic Theory of Language Acquisition

Description: The video and slide player gives us a brief outlook On the Behaviorist Theory, its basic idea, the claims and arguments against it.

Core Concepts: Operant conditioning, negative and positive reinforcements argument against behavioristic theory.

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30. Glossary of Comic Book Terms

Description: This link has an explanation for the Glossary of Comic Book Terms to help those unfamiliar with the comic book lingo so that they can join in the conversation. It includes information on comic format like Digest, graphic novel, webcomic and comic book terms like Manga, Manhwa, back up feature etc.

Core Concepts: comic book terms, comic format.

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31. Types of Novel

Description: This slide player has information on types of novel, narrative techniques.

Core Concepts: Feature of a novel to analyse a novel from different forms of text.

Link: Webpage on types of novel

32. Hybrid Text

Description: The video highlights the key features of hybrid nonfiction, highlighting narrative nonfiction and informational nonfiction elements in the book used as a sample.

Core Concepts: Feature of hybrid text.

Link: Video on hybrid text

33. Connecting Grammar and the Text Being Studied

Description: This link has an explanation for steps to use LEAD strategy to teach or recapitulate any lesson learnt for grammar.

Core Concepts: Steps for LEAD Strategy: Make a link, examples, relate, discussions.

Link: Webpage on connecting grammar and the text

34. Connecting Grammar and the Text Being Studied

Description: This link has an explanation for steps to use LEAD strategy to teach or recapitulate any lesson learnt for grammar.

Core Concepts: Steps for LEAD Strategy: Make a link, examples, relate, discussions.

Link: Webpage on connecting grammar and the text

35. Listening for Tone and Attitude

Description: This video lesson explains some important aspects of Listening: Listening for tone attitude and certainty. It also informs the viewers about Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches.

Core Concepts: Listening for tone, attitude and certainty. Tips and practice on tone, attitude, certainty, volume, pitch, word choice etc.

Link: Webpage on listening for tone and attitude

36. Technique of Persuasive Language

Description: The slide player presents an aspect on technique of persuasive language to achieve desired effect on audience or readers.

Core Concepts: Tone, Audience, Evidence, Language, techniques, effect, sensationalism, logic and reasoning.

Link: Webpage on technique of persuasive language

37. Speakers Choice of Words, Language, Tone

Description: This is a motivational video on YouTube by Carl Jung. The listeners can observe the apt choice of words, language, tone etc used by the speaker to appeal to the audience or listeners bring out the validity of his perspectives.

Core Concepts: Language use.

Link: Video on I am what I chose to be