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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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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Multi-Lingualism Pedagogy for Advancement

  Language forms the foundation on which all thoughts, ideas and concepts are built to develop the ability to convert information into knowledge with an ability to communicate and apply it. Mother tongue is learnt from birth and each word is learnt with all its background, history, and linkages without noticing it. A lot of […]

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THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM: Part 1

THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM: Part 1

When the People’s Linguistic Survey of India (2013) took a step to give a snapshot of the language ecosystem in India, the idea was to take a survey and give an estimate of the number of languages we were home to. However, the study which is yet to be released by the government, revealed a […]

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Brief Introduction of CLIL@India

Brief Introduction of CLIL@India

Welcome to CLIL@India!  We are a first-of-its-kind project to formally introduce the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach to India. CLIL is an approach to education that combines teaching content (subjects) alongside languages in an effort to develop multilingual proficiency while improving overall learning outcomes. While multilingual education has been around for a while, […]

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