Another Kavirajamarga for Kannada

This article was originally written in Kannada language by Dr. N S Gundur, the Head, Department of Studies and Research in English, Tumkur University, Karnataka. It was published on December 4, 2017 in Samajamukhi – an online Kannada magazine. In Karnataka, there is a continuous debate on the development of the Kannada language. The content […]

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Why schools in India must bat for dual medium of instruction

The process of education starts with getting children into schools. Having one of the largest elementary school systems in the world, India has had a challenging task with respect to ensuring that all children are in schools. Thus, in 2009, when the Indian Parliament implemented the Right to Free and Compulsory Education for children (RTE) […]

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An ASER experience straight from the field

The Annual Status of Education Report, an initiative started by Pratham in 2005, has been diligently covering the status of learning levels of children for over ten years now. A report card that measures reading levels, ASER has been useful in understanding the grim reality that our country faces, in terms of knowledge production and […]

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Multilingualism in India: Speaking of Many Tongues

Renowned linguist, activist, and Chairman of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) Dr. Ganesh N Devy delivered the inaugural address at the opening of CLIL Resource and Training Centre in Manipal University in Karnataka. His address, titled ‘Multilingualism in India: Speaking of Many Tongues’, mapped the issue of languages on the Indian subcontinent over […]

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Dr David Marsh on what holds back reforms in schools

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The Language Problem: Part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part series. To read the first part, click here. In my previous post, I had briefly mentioned how children are often left out of schools since they do not speak the dominant language that is the medium of school instruction. In addition to inappropriate medium of instruction, unsuitable curricula […]

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10% of world’s endangered languages spoken in India: PLSI

“Coastal languages are the most threatened languages of the country,” says Ganesh N. Devy. By Kishor Dwivedi Four hundred of the total 780 languages in India are facing a threat of ‘extinction’ over the next 50 years, says linguist Ganesh N Devy. India constitutes 10 per cent of the 4,000 languages from across the world […]

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How young is too young to introduce a student to CLIL?

Traditional immersion methods of language learning have emphasised the importance of familiarizing a student with the language at the earliest possible stage. Any delay in initiation is perceived to be a hindrance to language learning. CLIL, on the other hand, needs a student to be comfortable with some level of familiarity with the language. Language […]

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Translanguaging: Multilingual Teaching Terminologies

Since, 1980s, many studies that enquired on the poor literacy and high dropout rate among the Tribal and linguistically minority communities revealed that language used in the classrooms became the major barrier for their access to education. To them dominant State language is just a foreign language. In order to address this issue, the National […]

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The Intercultural Dimension of Content and Language Integrated Learning

In our globalised world, the complexity of cultural identities has increased, bringing about new challenges for our present day societies, which now urgently require  new perspectives in education: in this context of cultural diversity, it is crucial to develop an ethical code acceptable to people of different cultures and traditions, a framework of genuinely universal […]

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