Language Art for You was set up and is led by Sonie Thakkar who brings with her over 20 years experience in teaching English in a variety of contexts. LAFY was set up to create a bridge between academia and the real world. Be it senior students, people entering the work force or those looking at furthering their career goals, LAFY delivers learning opportunities to enable people to perform at various levels of communication. LAFY specializes in developing an awareness of not only concepts but also the bigger picture; holistic instead of isolated components of language. The focus is on building skills and factor in the more immediate academic setting to the larger world of work.
Voice over and anchor, Podcaster and Business English coach
Visiting faculty at iFEEL (Institute for Future Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership)
Enhancing Language Skills for middle management, Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai
Senior ESOL Examiner with Trinity College London with over twenty five years English Language teaching experience in various contexts such as teacher and examiner training workshops as well as annual programs for senior school students and Trinity Exam candidates.
Resource person- ELT with Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.
Currently also training IELTS candidates and mid management in Business English.
Background includes setting up, training and coordinating teacher panels to train candidates in schools.
Excel at functioning in a global environment with teaching and examining experience across India and also in London as part of a TESOL course.
Corporate compere since 1991: Brief list below
Business English - Mapping to CEF
v-shesh Learning Services
2017 - present
Project Consultant, Business English for Deaf Learners - A British High Commission funded project. Mapping and aligning of course content to CEF B1 and current teaching methodology.
Launched online course for working professionals, English with Sonie Online
iFEEL (Institute for Future Education,
Entrepreneurship and Leadership)
Language and Communication Skills
2016 - present
Training post graduate management students in Language Skills for the workplace and specialized training for interviews for campus placements. Designed and implemented complete program and syllabus.
Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd. Trinity College London
Resource person - ELT
2017 - present
Teacher training workshops in educational institutions as part of CPD programs as well as specific needs
Teacher support workshops to introduce current strategies and methodologies used internationally
Senior Examiner, GESE – India, Trinity College London
Trinity College London
Examiner Trainer, Monitor, Assessor
2012 – 2015
Assessor - team for benchmarking the Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL – CBSE Board)
Assessor- Udbhav English Language Competency Baseline Study, Uttar Pradesh, (for The Open University, UK)
Examiner – Monitor, Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL – CBSE Board)
On the GESE Examiner Recruitment Panel of Trinity College London (India)
Trained teachers of thirteen schools at the behest of the Nagaland Board of Secondary Education as resource person of Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd. .
Language Art for You
Founder, Senior Trainer
2011 - Present
Formed and led a panel of teachers to conduct training programs in various educational institutions and independent centres in Mumbai.
Responsible for the smooth running and quality of lessons delivered, teacher co-ordination and training.
2001 – 2010
Taught Speech and Elocution at Blossoms Sunderbai Thackeray English School
Conducted workshops for Elementary level at Crosswords Powai
Taught English Literature and Language to ICSE and IG student groups
Consulting Editor, Corporate Compere
1998 – 2001
Consulting Editor at Strategic Newspapers Pvt. Ltd.
Columnist and Trade Fair consultant: ‘Connections’, Publication of The Indian Express – BPD, 1998-99
On the panel of English Announcers, All India Radio (Bombay A and 107.1 FM)
Language Skills Workshops since 1995: Citizen Co-op Bank, staff of World Trade Centre, Mumbai
In house Marketing: The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai, 1991
Author: Art Therapy in the Urban Indian Context. How to Teach Art -Teacher guide:IL&FS Education & Technology Services
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