I had begun teaching while I was still a student. I wanted to become independent and bear my own expenses. I was just 19 and my student was in KG 2. He had a problem making phonic sound ‘ja’ or ज. His surname, that was ‘Jaiswal’, he pronounced it ‘Saiswal’. His ‘Jug’ sounded ‘Sug’ and ‘Joker’ sounded ‘Soker’. The parents had accepted that it was a defect and something which was not within their capabilities to help the child overcome.
When I told them that it was no defect and could be improved with rigorous practice, they could not believe it.
And there I was, fully aware, capable and determined to change his ‘Sa’ to ‘Ja’.
I demonstrated the child how it worked, he was fully cooperative. He was a Kindergartener and they were taught phonetic sounds at school to pronounce alphabets and words. Above all, he was the first student of mine and not just belonged to the school where he was studying.
It took me around one year to make him practice and get him to speak Jaiswal. Once, I visited his class teacher along with his mother during a PTM. His teacher was full of appreciation for him.
A one of its kind challenge for me that I took up with full confidence! It was no less than a Teaching Aptitude Test for me at 19.
It apparently turned out to be an initial achievement!
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