Should children learn to read and write in their mother tongue?

Saxena, Sadhna (2018) Should children learn to read and write in their mother tongue? Language and Language Teaching, 7 (1). pp. 37-41. ISSN 2277-307X

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The People's Linguistic Survey ofIndia recorded 780 living languages in India. These living languages are mostly mother tongues of the majority of the people, the languages in which they communicate. In common parlance most of these languages are disparagingly called dialects, or distorted version of the standard languages. Out of these, 22 languages which have written and printed literature, are constitutionally recognized and listed in the Eighth Schedule of the constitution. Interestingly, English is not listed in the Eighth Schedule but is recognized as an official language. This makes the Indian education scenario very complex, given its multilingual reality and the dominance of English and, to some extent, the dominance of the regional languages.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Saxena, Sadhna
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Bundeli words,experience, medium of instruction , parents, students, reading process
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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