Encouraging Bilingual Approach in Teaching and Learning

Bilingual Education in India
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Bilingualism in the Classroom allows us to gain proficiency in speaking more than one language, helps us stay aligned with our cultural identity, and brings value to our social interactions. There are enormous benefits of bilingual education in India, like an academic advantage, confidence, increased self-esteem, and many more. 

But, what about classroom teaching where proficiency in English or Hindi language is linked with students’ academic success? Is there any way teachers can harness Bilingualism in their teaching to help students learn in their preferred language?

As per National Education Policy, 2020, “medium of instruction till at least Class 5, but preferably till Class 8 and beyond, for both public and private schools will be the local language/regional language of students”. Further, our honorable PM Narendra Modi Ji, on Mother Language Day 2022 said, “Education in mother tongue is linked to mental growth & development of Children.” 

The continuous stress of education in the mother tongue, especially in the early years at school, is because children grow up in an environment where only the local language is spoken in their homes and in their schools.

Language is a Resource

Bilingual classrooms are the need of the hour for the comprehensive development of children from an early age. Teaching and learning in a regional language improve students’ conceptual understanding and establish a better connection between school and home learning. Even when people use digital, they look for the natural comfort which is in their local language. Therefore, in the continuous innovation in our education technology, we have been focusing on eliminating language barriers that limit student’s learning and understanding. Our purpose is to enhance digital learning and teaching by enabling content in regional languages with Hindi or English. Our focus is to make children naturally adapt & fall in love with digital learning by giving them a familiar environment for learning.

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Multiple Categories of enjoyable digital content in Hindi, English, and other Local Languages

Is learning in a regional language significant for educational success?

Yes, regional language for students is more than just language; it is their cultural, social and personal identity. 

    • When students are taught in their understandable language, they are more likely to enter school at an appropriate age, attend school regularly and are less likely to drop out.
    • When students are taught in the local language, they enjoy school more and learn faster because they feel comfortable in the environment.
    • When students learn in their mother tongue, they develop a better understanding of the curriculum.
    • When students learn in their preferred language, they are able to retain concepts for a long time because they tend to think critically and reason what is being learned.

Thus, we believe teaching in the mother tongue in the classroom validates student’s identity and enables a strong foundation for learning, resulting in educational success. Therefore, we focus on providing not just bilingual digital content, but the interface of our platform is also designed in such a way that when students and teachers use the app in their preferred local language, all category buttons and navigation is also displayed in the preferred language.

Value of Encouraging Bilingual Education in India

  • Students are able to learn more when they are taught in their regional languages

When students learn in their preferred language, they understand concepts better because of the clarity of expression. They tend to involve in learning more because they are able to better analyse, reason and think about the topics taught. Further, better clarity of concepts helps them cope with their historical learning gaps because when taught in a regional language, they understand better, grasp fast and are able to retain concepts for a longer time.

  • Bilingual education tends to create classrooms more engaging than ever

Teaching in the local language motivates students to learn & they don’t hesitate to come up with their doubts which enables classroom interaction, resulting in better clarity of concepts. Similarly, when the teaching and learning environment of the school is in a regional language, then students are able to learn faster, feel comfortable in a classroom environment and are more likely to get involved in education. 

One of the best examples is government school teachers who, regardless of the availability of books in Hindi and English, prefer to teach in the local language because students are able to connect with it better and strengthen connections between school and home. 

Our Discussion with the School Students and Teachers

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From our proactive communication with government school students and teachers of rural regions across Maharashtra, Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, and many more states who have made curriculum-aligned digital content in regional languages a regular part of their teaching routine. We have learned that using a language students are most comfortable with, especially in the early years, improves attendance, increases classroom participation, and reduces dropouts and grade repetition.

We at iDream Education encourage students and teachers to learn and teach in their preferred language to help them naturally adapt to digital learning. Further, to enable by giving them a familiar environment for learning, we have helped many students from schools in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, and many more states to continue their education with confidence in a non-judgmental way.

If in case you would like to know more about our digital learning solutions, comment below or write to us at share@idreameducation.org 

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Copy Writer and Content Writer , iDream Education

Ayushi Agarwal is a Copy Writer and Content Writer at iDream Education. For 6+ years, she has been writing to create an impact through her powerful content on humanity, equality, and many more issues that have been a key part of today’s world. Her vision is to create a sense of responsibility for the sensitive areas of society like education for students of rural India, right to education, and humanity.

At iDream Education, Ayushi manages social media, website blogs, success stories, testimonies, product descriptions, and many more such tasks.

Her friends call her a humanitarian who devotes her majority of time reading self-help books and fiction and believes in self-love and virtue ethics.

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