The Theatre Workshop, for students of standard 4th onwards, is an annual event of the Angreji Kendra conducted in collaboration with Astitva (Sanskar Rang toli), Academy of Performing Arts, Mumbai. So far more than 2000 students have been trained at Astitva and the main idea behind doing the workshop is to inculcate values, discipline and make kids socially aware about what is happening around them along with theatrical skills. The Director of Astitva, Mr. Rajiv Bhatt, is not only a theatrist but also works a costume designer for television, films and theatre.
A ten-day theatre workshop has been successful experiments in helping students learn English through the medium of theatre. The unique feature of this workshop is that the students are not given the script in advance. They frame and practice the dialogues while they rehearse. Apart from training students in language skills, students are also trained in theatrical skills like voice modulation and tone, interpersonal skills, team building and so on. The workshop culminates in a one-hour play in English presented by the students. It is conducted during Diwali vacation. Maximum 25 students are given a chance to participate.
Teacher Training Programme
The improvement in the terms of quality in the field of English Language Teaching and Learning has been the main thrust area of C. N. Angreji Kendra since its inception in 1999. Believing in the need to share new ideas in education, the Kendra conducts seminars and workshops on English Language Teaching on its own as well as in collaboration with the British Council and Cambridge University Press (CUP). It also reaches out to various schools in Ahmedabad and other cities to conduct exclusive training programmes.
Workshops for ELT Teachers
The Kendra conducts workshops for ELT teachers to enhance their teaching skills and introduces them to different approaches to teaching a language. The workshop also focuses on other aspects like teaching methodology, teaching through communicative approach, classroom management, communication skills and so on.
A variety of materials such as audio-visual materials, picture-based activities, interesting worksheets, charts etc. are prepared by the teachers of the Kendra.
Training for International Examinations
The Kendra has been training students for the Cambridge ESOL Examinations for the past 14 years. The Kendra trains students for the Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) examinations i.e. YLE-Young Learners English tests, KET-Key English Test, PET-Preliminary English Test, FCE-First Certificate in English & CAE-Certificate in Advance English, conducted by the University of Cambridge. These examinations not only help students judge their level of English against the international level of Standard English but also boosts their confidence. It offers the children the opportunity to build a very strong foundation in English, which are used for overseas education and international careers. These exams give them more confidence, as well as exposure to the English used in different countries. About 370 students take these examinations every year. So far Kendra has trained more than 3500 students for these exams. After appearing for these exams the students are motivated and proud to gain certificates issued by the University of Cambridge which has worldwide recognition.
The Cambridge English examination centre celebrated its centenary in 2014 and as a part of the centenary celebrations a special souvenir was brought out to commemorate the event. The souvenir was released in New Delhi at the residence of The British High Commissioner to India, Sir David Bevan. The souvenir has devoted two pages to The Angreji Kendra of C N Vidyavihar, lauding its efforts in teaching communication skills in English to vernacular medium students.• CNAK won a trophy for the “Continuous Excellence Award” at the Annual Coordinators Meet 2016– Western region, by Cambridge English for the exemplary performance of the students and the ever increasing number of students appearing for the Cambridge exams every year.