The Omni Intelligencer

Sell your house faster for more. auction-style-property-sale
  Monday, July 06, 2015  Home > Education > K-12 & Children > What's in a language!
Follow us on Twitter
Every Dollar Helps
Donate using PayPal
Amount:

What's in a language!

| More
Payal Mahajan

Of the many languages that children are born with, the verbal is the most prized by society. As parents, we are in a hurry to teach our children to talk. We want them to have a rich repertoire of words and for them to use their vocabulary appropriately. Since most of us are not linguists, but like to read parenting and self-help books, we ensure that our child reaches not just the milestones specific for his age group but also masters those appropriate for the next developmental stage as well. As a result, we have verbally articulate kids all around us, and they grow up into adults who can speak confidently almost all the time that they are awake.

Last year around this time, my then two-and-a-half interpersonal son was fluent in English and a beginner in French as a result of his environs in Canada. One year in India and Hindi has joined ranks with English as his receptive language. In this short one year, Hindi has been elevated to the status of his primary expressive language. If I did not understand the nuances (more to do with the “how” than the “what”) of language development and the concept of whole language, I would lament at the development of one language (Hindi) at the expense of the other (English) at an age when children can learn multiple languages simultaneously.

In this context, a few observation/perceptions come to fore:

  • We tend to overemphasise verbal language, marginalizing the expressions of non-verbal or intrapersonal people. In societies like ours, we forget that language is one of the vehicles of ideas with functional, expressive and aesthetic purpose; it is not the only one. People express themselves in mannerism, art, music, dance, touch, etc – the list is endless. Sadly true, our over-dependence on the aural is at the expense of the visual and other sensorial receptions.
  • Do we teach our children how to understand and interpret these languages?
  • There seems to be a perceptible hierarchy of languages. Acquisition of certain languages is valued over others. For instance, in India, we want our children to speak English as native speakers. Realistically speaking, the environment of our preschoolers and early language learners is rich in vernaculars, be it the domestic help at home with whom they spend long hours in the absence of their parents, or didis in preschools who are their primary teachers both within and outside the classrooms. Learning of a language is a social process and the environment is a key determinant.
  • Is it realistic to believe that pre-schoolers in countries that largely speak languages other than English, like India, are socially immersed in English?
  • A fascination for a particular language is so strong that we ignore metacognitive aspects of language learning. The expressive language should clearly and coherently reflect the thought process. Our main concern for preschoolers should not be “what” language they use but “how” well they are able to construct that language to align with their thoughts. The proficiency with the “how” is going to be the linguistic base and the learning pattern that the brain will follow for the acquisition of other languages.
  • Isn’t proficiency in one verbal language, irrespective of which one it is, an indicator of success in new language acquisition?

Our first language is part of our personal, social and cultural identity. Maintaining first language is a vital factor in the educational development of your child. It doesn’t matter which one it is as long as he is well grounded in that language; because language has more to do with functions of the brain than social projection and pretensions.


Sell your house faster for more. auction-style-property-sale
| More
 
  • Attention, College Students and Recent Grads: The Unpaid Internship Is Back 3 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm

    Attention, College Students and Recent Grads: The Unpaid Internship Is BackAs long as an internship is tied to education and interns benefit more than the employer from the arrangement, companies don’t have to pay them, a U.S. appeals court stated Thursday. This decision reversed a 2013 win for former interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt, who sued Fox Searchlight for violating labor and overtime laws while they worked for free on the Natalie Portman film Black Swan. A panel of judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found the initial ruling’s reasoning, which looked to six criteria presented by the Labor Department, too limiting.


  • 1,400 India school teachers resign in fake degree probe 3 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am

    Teachers in Bihar were given an amnesty period to quit and avoid legal action for faking their degrees in order to get a jobSome 1,400 primary school teachers have quit in an eastern Indian state in recent months amid an ongoing investigation into fake qualifications, an education official said Friday. More resignations are likely before the end of an amnesty period that allows teachers in Bihar to quit to avoid legal action for falsifying their degrees, state education department principal secretary R.K Mahajan said. The High Court ordered an investigation in May into the state's 350,000 primary teachers on concerns that up to 25,000 had joined government schools without proper training.


  • The High Cost of Higher Education 2 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am

    While you would expect the average Harvard graduate to make a higher salary compared with a college graduate at an "average" institution, this comparison doesn't take into account the cost of their education and other factors. According to Harvard's website, its tuition, room, board and fees for this upcoming academic year total more than $60,000 for those without financial aid. Recently, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program released a study ranking schools on midcareer earnings, occupational earnings power and the loan repayment rate of the typical graduate.

  • Judge rules for Montana teachers' union in pension dispute 1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm

    A Helena judge has blocked a legislative measure that cut retired teachers' annual inflationary pension increases, saying it violates the contracts clauses in the Montana and U.S. constitutions. District ...

  • Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws 1 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm

    Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah lawsMore than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits ...


  • Jim Carrey Unleashes Twitter Rant Over California's New Vaccine Law  1 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm

    Jim Carrey attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. -- Getty ImagesJim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.


  • Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant  1 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm

    Jim Carrey attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. -- Getty ImagesJim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.


  • California mandates vaccinations in schools 1 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am

    Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a controversial bill Tuesday that will impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country: starting next year, vaccinations are required for nearly all children in public and private schools. The signing statement was issued just one day after lawmakers sent Governor Brown the bill that will strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations. Recommended: How much do you know about California?

  • Ways to Qualify for a Total and Permanent Disability Student Loan Discharge 1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am

    Last week, the Student Loan Ranger covered three student loan discharge options you'll hopefully never have to use. In 1999, the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General issued a report showing that 23 percent of the borrowers who received a disability discharge between 1994 and 1996 went on to be employed and earn income shortly after the discharge was completed. Since then, the Department of Education has had to try and protect federal taxpayers by putting checks and balances in place to deter and identify disability discharge fraud while also trying to ensure the process is as painless as possible for those who are truly disabled as defined in the federal statute.

  • Same-sex marriage: Will conservative religious colleges lose tax-exempt status? 1 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am

    In his dissent to last week’s epoch-changing decision that declared same-sex marriage a fundamental right, Chief Justice John Roberts worried about the implications of the majority’s rationale for religious colleges and other institutions. “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage – when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples,” the chief justice wrote. One of these questions, many legal scholars and others say, may revolve around the tax-exempt status of conservative religious institutions whose policies conflict with the nation’s new public policy on marriage.

The fastest and best way to sell real estate.
auction-style-property-sale