Mindspark English is an online learning tool for grades 4 to 9*, which helps students build proficiency in the English language through sustained engagement and exposure. In Mindspark, we strive to integrate language skills into a single application that will bolster a student’s language learning curve.
*Roughly ages 8 to 15.
Mindspark has a large bank of carefully curated reading comprehension material. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, styles and forms, ranging from children's folk tales to insightful articles from reputed sources like National Geographic and The Smithsonian Magazine.
Each text is followed by a series of questions* that gauge students' comprehension of the text.
*These questions focus on factual recall, analysis of characters' moods and tones etc.
We have a repository of interesting audio clips to help students gain mastery over listening comprehension. We have curated listening exercises across forms (discussions, speeches, interviews etc.) and genres (daily life, history, environment).
Since our goal is to help students become more conversant, many of our listening exercises (regardless of grade) are centered around daily life.
We have also deliberately kept a mixture of Indian, American and British accents within our exercises, to prevent untoward biases.
950+ text passages
Texts written in the form of stories decline across grades, even as the number of informative texts and articles goes up significantly.
800+ audio pieces
Students get proportionally more content pertaining to history, science, and technology as they go to higher Mindspark levels.
Schools with connectivity issues can opt for running Mindspark in their labs without interruptions, with daily cloud sync.
Mindspark approaches grammar from the perspective of conceptual clarity. We strongly believe that an implicit understanding of grammar and its usage is more important than rule-memorization.*
We periodically keep adding to our bank of questions, based on identified gaps in concepts and international ELA standards such as Common Core.
*Therefore, a majority of questions on grammar are worded like, “Complete the sentence...” and not, “Fill in the appropriate adverb.”
Vocabulary involves both depth (knowing the nuances of a word’s meaning) as well as breadth (knowing several words). In Mindspark, we try to cover both aspects.
We help students to understand the context in which words are used. In the process, we explore word roots, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms and much more.
- We are going for a one-day picnic next month.
- Sam is a FBI agent who is on a secret mission.
- France is a European country.
- Mona's aunt is a very nice lady.
attract :: repel
- approve :: reject
- love :: detest
- appeal :: charm
- fantasy :: reality
In which of the following sentences has the phrase "nip it in the bud" been used correctly?
- Do not touch that pimple! You'll nip it in the bud.
- This might be a wart, but we can nip it in the bud.
- Don't sow the seed after nipping it in the bud!
- She lost marks because she wasn't nipped in the bud.
The word 'kemb' meant 'comb'. Which of these words probably describes Srishti's hair best?
[Note: This feature is only available for school-registered users.] Writing is an oft-ignored skill in school, due to the tight schedules of examinations and coursework. To encourage students to write in a low-stakes environment, Mindspark English has an open writing tool where a student can write on a topic of his/her own choice, or choose from a grade-appropriate list*.
*For lower grades, we have topics like ‘My favourite day of the week’, while for grades 8 and 9 we have topics such as ‘how much do myths influence our beliefs?’.