|Reading is hard work, particularly in a language you hardly know! (Photo Credit: Business Standard)|
Friday, June 28, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Prof Ajit Mohanty recently published a book on multilingual realities and Dr Dhir Jingran was interviewed for a video on multilingual teaching. Both worth taking note of.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Studies suggest that multilingualism has its benefits. (Getty Images)
Rather than dichotomizing the teaching of English against in any local language, professor Neeta Inamdar argues that research shows that a simultaneous approach of multiple languages works better.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
While browsing in LinkedIn I discovered that this site also contains some interesting articles on multilingual education. The articles tend to be short but can be still of interest. A few relevant ones I will mention below.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
|Expert panel in debate. Photo by Natalie Lovenburg|
While visiting government officials I have often come across the assumption that multilingual education would foster separation movements and therefore violence. Recently a panel called "Linguistic tolerance as a tool for resiliency in multilingual societies against violence and radicalization" addressed this issue. As this is also relevant for India I post the reference here.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Software to build a Community Library
Just making a reading method for children in minortity language communities is not enough. They need books to read, many books! BLOOM software was recently selected as one of the three finalists in an "All Children Reading" software contest.
Bloom is a low-tech piece of sofware that helps with making books in any language. The website states:
- "Bloom dramatically lowers the bar, so that many more people can get involved in building a large collection of local language books. Bloom was designed with new computer users in mind, and it has special features to guide them in simple book making, so people need far less training than alternatives such as Word, Publisher, or In Design."
Bloom links to the The Art of Reading which gives you access to over 10,000 black & white illustrations from around the world.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Thursday, January 30, 2014
As a follow up on the NCERT study National Study on Ten Year School Curriculum Implementation the Times of India published this week an article titled States realize English is what people want. A few quotes
It's not just parents across India who are confused about the time and importance to be given to education in English and the vernacular; the latest data from NCERT reveals our education establishment is just as perplexed, with very little uniformity in the way regional languages are treated.
Almost 30% states devote [only] six to seven periods a week in Class V for teaching the local language, the study says.
English seems to be scoring. Introduced towards the middle of elementary school, it is now offered at the Class I level in 26 states, making it clear that most states have realized that that is what people want.
"While they (parents) may know they are abandoning their heritage by putting their children early into English-medium private schools, they are sanguine about this, choosing to survive in the present milieu over being the reluctant custodians of local languages that have given them precious little in terms of livelihood in return for loyalty."