Usha Mukunda

Prema Raghunath

Language is an entirely unique human activity that has no real comparison in any other species, though there is enough evidence to show that animals, both land and aquatic, birds and insects 'communicate' with each other and with the rest of their community to survive and procreate. Of course the 'finer' sentiments of love and loyalty are expressed by gaze and licking and so on.

Sonali Nag

Nat Ramachandran

Vijay Padaki

Opening Thoughts

Dr. Jennifer Bayer

Diverse and united India is complex with many cultures and faiths, ways of life, dress and food habits, traditions and rituals. The different religions of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, with a variety of sects, and varying tribal religious beliefs are like petals of one flower.

This diversity extends over to Indian languages as well.

Indu Prasad

"The syntax reminds us that 'I am taught' by a teacher; but 'I learn' from a book (or an assignment ...)" - L.C. Taylor

The central importance of language in primary education and the child's command over it is widely accepted. It's not difficult to see the reasons for this wide agreement.

Language teaching and teachers in the primary classes often ignore the fact that the child in the class is an extremely capable being. A child of four is a linguistic adult in the sense that she is able to communicate, conceptualise and reason in her own language. The child of four can do many other things as well including physical tasks, competently using spatial relations and transformations; visualizing, estimating and having a sense of number and quantity. She has acquired all this through a natural engagement with the world around her.


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