Friday, July 27, 2018

[MLE] Good practices in multilingual education strategies and policy in India

© United News of India

In the previous blog post I reported on the MultiLila Research Project which is going on in India. On July 12 and 13 the consortium behind this research project conducted a meeting “The languages of education in multilingual India: exploring effects on reading and mathematics” at which important aspects of multilingualism and education were discussed. Under the heading "Starting English early not the best way to learn English well" (A quote from Dhir Jhingran) the United News of India reported on some of the issues discussed.


The event was planned to share early research finding and continue the dialogue around the need for good practices in multilingual education strategies and policy in India. Some quotes from the article :
“ … the emergence of Hindi as a prime communicative language has been found to decrease in domains of mother tongue usage, complex diglossia faced by students who speak tribal languages as mother tongue. It is also learned that the language is a bridge between a child's consciousness and the phenomenal world.”
“The emergence of Hindi as a prime communicative language has been found to decrease in domains of mother tongue usage, complex diglossia faced by students who speak tribal languages as mother tongue. It is also learned that the language is a bridge between a child's consciousness and the phenomenal world.” (Dr Tsimpli)"
"Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education issues are not just tribal language issues -- these are a pan Indian phenomenon."
“Multilingual heteroglossic education programmes must be developed to support multiple languages and literacies, allowing for their functional interrelationships and complementarities to thrive."
If any of you can get hold of any of the presentations that underpinned these great quotes, let us know!

Regards,
Karsten

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