A secondary school teacher from Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra has set the national record by framing 50 lakh sentences using only 170 words in English language.
The 37-year-old Balasaheb Chavan was granted recognition by the India Book of Records recently for framing the ‘maximum sentences using minimum words’. Chavan successfully achieved this feat while creating teaching techniques to help his vernacular-medium students understand and retain the language.
The project started in 2010 when, as a teacher at K L Ponda High School, Chavan realised the difficulties his students faced while learning English words and using them to frame sentences.
Titled as the ‘sentence bank’ Chavan started off with a small table of eight to 10 words that the students were asked to learn. From there, students would move on to using the words in different permutations and combinations to frame sentences.
To ensure his students understand the language easily, Chavan used simple words to frame the sentences. “I would change just one word of a sentence to form the next sentence. For instance, ‘I am a good boy’ became ‘I am a good girl’ which then became ‘I am a nice boy’ and ‘I am a nice girl’”
The process of juggling the words to frame complete sentences got me hooked and even as I was developing the tool for students, I started constructing more sentences by adding few words to the list. The process was addictive and I continued until I had a bank of 50 lakh sentencesBalasaheb Chavan, Teacher
Chavan had approached the India Book of Records three months ago and in December 2016, the school teacher received a letter granting recognition of the record. “Balasaheb Chavan made 50,00,000 meaningful and error free sentences using only 170 English words,” states the letter.