Virtually, all of the most ambitious students in the world, at all levels – elementary, secondary, and tertiary – have one thing in common these days, the desire to become proficient in a language other than their native tongue. This desire has resulted in a total of 2 million language students in the world today, a figure expected to increase to 2.5 million by 2020.
Due to the globalization of the economy and the adoption of cost-efficient technology-based products, the language learning market is evolving at a rapid pace.
A study observed that the worldwide language learning market (all languages combined) generated a hefty $58.2 billion in 2011. When combined with revenues from language services such as localisation, interpretation, and translation, this figure jumps to $82.6 billion.
It is said, "Language is a software, download it." Millennium National School believes in exploring and developing our student’s potential in this capacity. Hence, under our ‘Fit for Future’ initiative we want students to break the customary norms and ‘think big’.
‘Around the World’ – is a thought-provoking session by multi-linguist Manisha Pathak, who called it a day to an enticing corporate career and realized her dream of spreading the wisdom of language learning in India and overseas too.
She knows through experience, that language education is a natural process when children are young. Therefore, don’t be surprised if her pre-school kidos greet you in an alien language!
Manisha will highlight the need to learn the language in pre-school, dynamics of speech and developing multiple intelligences, among others.
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Don’t miss to be a part of this enriching experience!Date: 15th March
Time: 10 am to 11 am
Venue: Dining Hall, Millennium National School, Pune
Registrations: No need to register for the event. All the parents of the school are invited.
Magic of the lingua
The audience at the ‘Around the World’ talk were amazed by the significance of learning foreign languages, when our guest speaker Manisha Pathak, enthralled the audience with her adept knowledge in imparting language abilities to children and adults.
The programme took place in the Lower Dining Hall at 10 am on Saturday, 15th March.
Mrs. Pathak is an expert in multilingual translation, interpretation and training, who presented a talk on the topic of – Around the world; a new child-centered curriculum for learning foreign languages.
There are scores of teachers who teach foreign languages, but a handful of them use the NLP i.e. Neuro-Liguistics Program technique to teach and tap the young minds.
She adopted this unique style from a professor of neuroscience and a psychologist at the Harvard University- Dr. Howard Gardner, who developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) in 1983.
Manisha gave the audience an introduction to foreign languages, the NLP technique, the future prospects of learning a foreign language at a young age and the scope and platforms in the Indian scenario.
It provides tools to identify how a child or teenager or an adult learns and what method should be adopted to teach them, so that they learn more effectively.
In the beginning it may seem impossible to teach all learning styles. But this can be made easier by using combinations of media or multimedia. As they understand learning styles, it becomes apparent why multimedia appeals to learners and why a mix of media is more effective.Benefits of learning a foreign language at school level are:
• It improves knowledge in the native tongue, increases cognitive skills, and meets requirements for entry to many colleges.
• Moreover, these studies tend to expand comprehension of other cultures, make travel to areas where the language is spoken and can benefit a career.
• Starting at school level also means students have a chance to study more intensively at the college level or they can learn a third language at a university.
• The new language provides a constant basis for comparison that monolingual speakers simply don’t possess. Most students will develop a better sense of things like native vocabulary, usage, grammar and style as they compare it to a different communication system.
• Cognitive or thinking skills are improved by learning a foreign language. Significant research shows that students who pursue this path are more likely to become strong thinkers. This is also often evidenced by higher scores on standardized tests like the SAT® and ACT®, and by better grade point averages.
• A second language can also give people an extra edge when pursuing a career, especially in countries where regular contact with speakers of that language occurs. For example, in the US, there are a high number of Spanish speakers and the need for bilingual employees is very strong. In some fields and some areas of the country, it’s hard to get a job without speaking Spanish.
Near the end of her session, Manisha Pathak also shared some of her interesting programmes, like the summer camp named, ‘Around the world’. It is six days a week workshop for children, which is intended to go on for three successive weeks.
The detailed information to this and other programmes will be updated on our website soon.