Pri Tutmonda Edukado

>>>>>18-20a de oktobro 2007, Vankuvero, Brita Kolumbio, Kanado ESF-estraro faris prezentaĵon dum la Pintkunveno pri Tutmonda Edukado organizita de Phi Delta Kappa – la skizo de la prezentaĵo estas ĉi-sube Esti “Lingvodrogita”: Komencante la Procezon de Lingvolernado (originale: Getting Hooked on Language: Beginning the Process of Language Learning… Humphrey Tonkin, Mark Fettes, Ian Richmond, Grant Goodall, Bonnie Fonseca-Greber)…Ni emas meti la lingvolernadon aparte de la tutmondaj studoj, tamen en la realo, la lernado de alia lingvo estas la plej rapida maniero kompreni la diferencojn inter homoj, kaj ankaŭ la plej bona maniero kompreni la kulturan diversecon – ambaŭ fundamentaj elementoj en la tutmondaj studoj. Sed tro multaj studentoj stumblas kiam ili provas lerni la duan lingvon, kaj multaj edukistoj emas malgrandigi la gravecon de la lingvo kiel faktoro de internacia edukado. Kvankam estas vero ke la uzado de la angla kreskas en la mondo, tamen la plejparto de homoj ne parolas ĝin, kaj eĉ tiuj kiuj parolas ĝin ĉiam estas malavantaĝitaj kompare al la denaskaj parolantoj. Unu el la taskoj de la internacia edukado estas strebo al la egaleco en la komunikado, kio gvidos al la kompreno ke paroli pli ol unu lingvon estas ne simple bona afero, sed necesaĵo por krei vere tutmondan komunumon. Du el niaj komisionanoj estas de Usono kaj du el Kanado. Du estas lingvoinstruistoj kaj du estas specialistoj pri tutmondaj studoj. Ili ĉiuj emas pensi iom netradicie kiam temas pri lingvo en internacia medio.<<<<<

http://esperantic.org/eo/komunikado/eventoj

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A somewhat alarming February-2011 report in Deccan Chronicle – “English medium proposed in all government schools” – has morphed into a March-25th report – “AP schools to teach English from Class 1″. Let us hope that the latter report is not a preliminary to implementing the February announcement. It is fine to “introduce English as a second language from Class 1 in all government schools… from 2011-2012″. (It is now being taught from class 6.) But introducing English as a medium of instruction is a bad idea. Here’s why. The state’s education system finds it difficult enough to impart education in the mother-tongue. The state’s performance in the ASER survey is fairly dismal:

  • only 60.3% of class 5 children (~ 11-year-olds) can read a class 2 text; nearly 40% cannot.
  • of class 5 children, 18.3% can recognize the numbers 11-99, but cannot do subtraction; 37.7% can subtract, but not do division; 40.5% of class 5 children can divide. Nearly 60% cannot.

Nor is the situation in private schools much better. ASER reports that between 2007-2010, in private schools, some 5-10% more children have been able to do the reading and arithmetic tasks mentioned above. And all this is in the mother-tongue, Telugu. (As in other parts of India, in AP too, indigenous/tribal and minority children get only the dominant regional language – in AP’s case, Telugu – as the medium of education, except for the small fraction that can afford to send children to an “English-medium” school. Combined with all the other systemic problems, education in a non-mother-tongue results nation-wide in a third of the enrolled children being “pushed-out” before class 5. And in AP, within the first 10 years of schooling, 82% of indigenous children leave school. References in my 2010 paperin Languaging.) To come back to private schools in AP, their only-slightly better performance hasn’t stopped parents from choosing them. As ASER reports, “Between 2009 and 2010, the percentage of children (age 6-14) enrolled in private school has increased from 29.7% to 36.1% in Andhra Pradesh.”

The March-2011 report in Deccan Chronicle gives even more disquieting figures: “the percentage of enrolment… in government schools… came down… from 82.48 to 55.72 [percent] in primary and upper-primary schools, while private school enrolment increased from 17.52 to 44.28 percent… [between] 1995-96 and 2009-10.”

With the quality of education in Telugu being what it is, introducing English as a second language is hardly likely to make much of a difference. And making English the medium of instruction is likely to prove disastrous.

Girindhar Rao

http://bolii.blogspot.com/2011/03/english-from-class-1-in-andhra-pradesh.html

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