Month: September 2017

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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Multilingualism: a Metonym for Biological Diversity

Language is a system of communication that helps in configuring our thoughts, ideas and perceptions. India being a multilingual country very well signifies its biological and cultural diversity. A child in India gets exposure to many languages in his surroundings and the speed with which a child gets acquainted to so many different languages without […]

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