Language Barrier

Whether we teach Science or literature, it cannot be understood by the students unless the language of communication as well as selection of words in the chosen language to express the subject matter is appropriate. In the Hindi heartland, students are struggling on both counts, firstly with English Language and secondly with poor methods of teaching, where words chosen by the teacher do not transport the concepts and meaning from teacher to student. Thus today language is the biggest barrier in learning. Vedanta Public school is working with a mission to break the language barriers in learning.

The school thinks that primary education of a student should be in mother tongue, in which students have substantive vocabulary before they come to School. This will ensure maximum understanding on the part of students, who come from a background where English is seldom spoken. Today there is a rat race to open English medium schools, without realizing its suitability for the students. So called English Medium Schools are discarding the vocabulary of students in vernacular and instead trying to communicate in English where student has a very limited vocabulary. This is encouraging nothing but English Phobia AND rote learning without understanding. As a result of this faulty teaching practices, in the long run, the students coming from Hindi Speaking families are not only stammering in English without acquiring any proficiency in English, BUT Also performing badly in other subjects such as Science and Mathematics.

Having said so, the school management is not ignorant of importance of English education in the country. Realizing the importance of English, the school has a plan of a progressive shift to English Medium for the students coming from non-English speaking families. Up to Class V, all subjects except language subjects shall be taught in Hindi-English Medium making good use of vernacular vocabulary of students, so that there is perfect communication with students. The words (like triangle, boiling point, socialism etc), which are not learnt at home rather learnt in schools, shall be introduced in English and their meaning shall be explained in vernacular. Focus will be always on understanding and not on rote learning. In class VI, mathematics, which requires minimal language inputs, shall be taught completely in English medium. Students will not have much difficulty in understanding Mathematics in English medium because they are already familiar with all the terms of Mathematics in English. In class VII Science will also be introduced in English. One by one other subjects shall also be introduced in English Medium. By the time, student faces Board examination, he/she shall be in a position to face Board Examination in English Medium with proficiency.

This gradual shift towards English medium will not create English phobia among students and they will be fully capable of studying any subject in English medium when they pass out from the school. On a broader level this approach is in sync with global practices where use of national languages are being increasingly retained at the primary level, and, English is used at the secondary and higher levels, so that students are able to access the world and its opportunities.