Welcome to Fluentlingua. I am Dharmendra Sheth, Founder, Fluentlingua. I am an engineer turned teacher.
After acquiring formal engineering qualifications, I got a chance to work in big organisations like GNFC and Larsen and Toubro. That was the first time when I saw and heard English in actual use as a means of communication. Until then, as I was a student of a vernacular medium school in Surat, Gujarat, English was just a subject such as science, mathematics, and geography. And believe me, it was confusing, challenging and frustrating, all in equal measure. Somehow I managed to bear up. And I was not alone. Many poor souls like me, though good at their technical skills, suffered because of not being able to put their ideas across.
When the situation became unbearable, I left industry life and started learning English from an eminent teacher of English late Dr M I Joshi. He was my first Guru. My knowledge of mathematics ensured my bread and butter as I got some informal teaching assignments. Luckily, my love for languages helped me to grasp linguistic concepts very easily. After acquiring enough English, I started training groups of students and professionals to become effective communicators in English.
On my teacher’s insistence, I acquired all the formal qualifications required to be a teacher of English–BA, MA and finally PhD in English. Apart from teaching at my own academy named “Forum Languages”, I got many opportunities to teach English at various locations and levels, in schools, colleges and universities. I also worked as Head, R&D in a private limited company for about seven years. Backed by my experience in the field of English language teaching for about three decades, I started my own language academy under a new name “Fluentlingua”. Here my team and I use well-researched and tried-and-tested material that ensures our learners’ success. We have helped hundreds and thousands of students to achieve their dreams of higher education, study abroad or professional growth. More information about our work and services is here.
By the way, during my study of English, I was closely connected with “English Language teachers’ Association of India”, ELT@I, one of the biggest associations for teachers in our country. I joined it as a member, but then worked as a National Vice President for about six years. I also worked as an editor of our association’s journal, Journal of English Language Teaching. Perhaps I was the only person from Gujarat to reach that level in the association. Also, during my professional work in the association, I got a chance to attend and conduct numerous teacher training programmes across the country. I also won scholarships to attend international conferences in the US and the UK. I authored a few research papers and four books, one of which was published by Cambridge University Press, India and three by Flystone Publications.
We at Fluentlingua offer various types of courses, workshops and programmes such as Spoken English, test preparation for IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc., French, German, corporate training for business communication, presentation skills, etc., teacher training, content writing, editing, copywriting, school projects, and so on.
Our mission is to provide the best quality training to our learners so that their personal and professional dreams come true.
Our vision is to make language learning a joyful experience for our learners.
In line with our mission and vision, we have uploaded lots of Free Material on our website. Anyone can use it anywhere absolutely free; no registration, no mobile, no email, no password, nothing; just click and use it.
Well, that’s enough from me for now. Do please share your comments and suggestions with me via email or WhatsApp.
The following seven videos will definitely help English language learners to improve their English. Please share this message with people who, you think, may benefit from such material.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Happy Learning, Happy Sharing!
Best wishes, Dharmendra
Time and tense Solidify your knowledge of tense structures — 12 tenses. Each tense has a principal use and a few additional uses. If you study the tenses with time diagrams, it’s easy to master them. This video and some others on our channel will help you master the tense system. Do watch a few other related videos on our channel when you can. Some have explanations in Gujarati and Hindi
Modals This video in Hindi explains the common uses of modal verbs. Learn how they are different from each other. Because, very often, many modals can be used for the same function, but the levels of formality or politeness may vary.
Conditionals There are three major types of conditions in English. Master them with this video. You will find similar videos in the vernacular on our Fluentlingua website .
Comparison You will often need to compare things, people and situations. The three common grammatical structures are Positive, Comparative and Superlative. Master them with this video. These structures are very useful if you are appearing for tests such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE.
Pronunciation You cannot ignore pronunciation while studying any language–English is no exception. Via this video, study the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) with symbols and sounds. Also see how each sound is different from its counterpart in Indian languages.
Vocabulary Words play an important role in communication. It is advisable to make vocabulary study a life-long campaign. You can never do enough when it comes to word study.
Learn English at Home After watching these videos, you might like to read, listen or test. Here’s a wealth of material for you to devour. Absolutely FREE.
by Rashi Patel, a student who recently scored 8 bands
Having been an IELTS student myself in Surat, Gujarat, I can understand the plight of every student in town who is preparing right now for this test. Here’s what I have to say.
The IELTS test can be very overwhelming at first, but with the right amount of guidance and practice, you can achieve the score you are aiming for. Do not let others’ high score or better performance in class stress you out. Remember, every candidate is unique, and everyone performs differently in different situations. Just prepare well and leave the rest to… well, you decide!
There are plenty of websites, blogs and videos on the Internet for self study, but it is advisable to find the right coach who can save you a lot of unrewarding labour. Remember one thing—IELTS is a test of English. Every aspect of language is important to get a desired band score. Some students just keep doing test papers. It’s useless. Your score will improve only when there’s someone to pinpoint your errors and make suggestions for an effective presentation. You might like to look at theFree Material uploaded on Fluentlingua website.
By the way, you perhaps already know that there are 4 parts in which the IELTS test is conducted. The following information may help you to prepare for each part.
Listening: People say listening is the most effortless of all. But if you are not accustomed to the accent used in the IELTS test and have a flickering mind, you may find it difficult. Concentration is the key when it comes to listening. You must be able to listen to and understand each and every word they say, because sometimes they alter the answers after saying phrases like ‘oops’, ‘sorry’, and ‘by the way’. You can watch interviews of famous international celebrities,TED talks, BBC documentaries in order to become habituated to foreign accents.
Reading: Most IELTS candidates find reading tough or boring. The most important thing in reading is practice. The reading section of the IELTS academic test has three long texts which range from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. I suggest you spend 15 minutes on each passage; in that way, you will be able to finish your test a little early. In the extra time that you have saved, you can check your answers once again to see if you’ve misinterpreted any questions or made a mistake in the order of your answers in the answer sheet.
Speaking: People always get nervous when it comes to speaking, and often suffer from occasional stuttering. You don’t have to practise a whole lot of topics and use a lot of fancy words. Just make sure to use appropriate vocabulary and avoid grammar mistakes. Also maintain eye contact with the test taker when you are speaking, by which they will know that you are confident. If you are too nervous to look at him/her in the eye, just focus on their glabella. 😉 A comprehensive video giving practical guidelines onIELTS speaking is here.
Writing: Similarly to speaking, grammar plays a vital role when it comes to writing. Mind your punctuations. When in doubt, leave them out. Focus on the contents of the essay or graph or chart as much as possible. Language is just a tool to convey your ideas. Don’t use some fancy structures just to show off your knowledge of grammar. Try to write just a little more than the prescribed word limits. Connect your ideas using conjunctions, adverbs and suchlike to generate a cohesive passage. Remember the three golden key to success in writing—accuracy, brevity and clarity.
For more information about IELTS and immigration opportunities, visit Overseas Consultant in Pal-Adajan and meet Mr Priyang Bhatt. For all language related queries, contact Dr Dharmendra Sheth of Fluentlingua.
Today on the occasion of
allow us to share with you a piece of good news:
the inauguration of our
Fluentlingua Pal-Adajan Centre
scheduled to take place on
Friday, 10 September, 2021.
Why did we select this day?
Well, Lord Ganesha is the god of new beginnings and a symbol of wisdom, writing, travel, commerce and good fortune. English helps in all these areas, doesn’t it? 😉
We look forward to welcoming you.
Priyang Bhatt + Dharmendra Sheth
& our teams
Here’s a video recording of my recent lecture at an International Faculty Development Programme (iFDP) organised by MIT-ADT University, Pune. (Length: 1 hour 15 minutes) Please watch it when you are free and do please share your comments and suggestions with me if you like.
Preparing for the spoken component of the IELTS Test is a challenge for many test takers. In this hour-long webinar, I have tried to give an overview of the test with lots of tips and techniques to improve speaking skills.
Though this video is primarily for IELTS candidates, it will be useful to anyone interested in improving their communication skills in English.
Please feel free to get back to me if you have any queries, comments or suggestions.
The World of Words is a series of short videos teaching interesting bits of English via Gujarati. It’s a part of a project started by Khabarchhe Digital Channel. There will be a new video every week. So, please subscribe to our channel to get notifications when we upload a new video.
Happy Learning, Happy Sharing!
PS. Please ignore this message if you don’t understand Gujarati. But you are more than welcome to try to understand the contents of the videos. 😉
Sometimes some ordinary experiences give birth to astonishing ideas and expressions. Something similar happened with me about a month ago. While walking home in the evening, I saw two feeble dogs lazily chewing on something that looked like a non-juicy bone. The same day in the morning, I had read in the paper all kinds of negativity—deaths, corruption, black marketeering in medicines, political drama, and what not. Luckily, just before I reached our apartment building, I saw something interesting on the roadside—a tiny plant with shiny, dark green leaves on the upper surface and light green underneath. The sight just stopped the world for me for a few moments. Upon returning home, I scribbled a note, as is my wont. I sent it to my Guru Dr Sudhakar Marathe. He suggested a few additions and modifications. In fact that transformed my garbled “note” into a “poem”, something that I can dare share. 😉
Please read my 26-line poem below. I don’t think it will take more than 2 minutes to read it.
Do please write your comments in the comment box. You might like to recite the poem in your own words.
Down the Pandemonic Road
Two dogs gnawing
on the same marrowless bone,
not fighting, growlless…
death of their doghood, dignity.
Rotting carcasses scattered about—
human emotions and what matters;
vultures feeding in the muck heaps
on the offal of human corruption.
Chaos reigns supreme in mind
asynchronous, inexplicit, disquieting,
suggesting man’s senile decrepitude.
Is his punishment
beyond the grave?
Will trees bear fruit again?
Will anyone listen to questions again?
Will there ever be answers again?
A little ahead
From within a heap of dead leaves
emerges a new growth
cracking the earth with all its might…
a slap in the face
of widespread apathy.