At PICT, Your child is a certified English Speaker

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There are more than 7000 languages spoken around the world. Nearly two third of the languages are from Africa and Asia with the fewest belonging to Europe. Languages have traveled around the world through colonialisation, immigration, business and trade. It is not wrong to say that languages are flux; living and dynamic and are shaped by our rapidly changing world. Through the process of globalization, a third of the languages are endangered. And only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given pride of place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world today.

English, is one of the languages which holds a pride of place in the education system. This is no one way makes other native languages across the world inferior. Research proves that mastery over mother tongue plays an important role to acquire and learn other languages. UNESCO rightly says that learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages to foster sustainable development. The need of knowing a second language or a global language assumes significance in our country given its cultural diversity and its inherent multilingual thread. We have embraced the global language English, making it a widely used language in our education system. Acquiring mastery over English language ultimately aims at learning to think, speak and read in English. This transition comes over time with constant exposure to the language through schooling. Language learning has four skills viz. listening, speaking, reading and writing. We, at PICT Model School, follow this approach to communicative language teaching learning approach to ensure that our learners develop a good command and fluency over this global language. We have teamed up with Cambridge Assessment English (hitherto known as Cambridge English Language Assessment) to ensure that our learners are trained and certified as per the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for languages.

This global exposure to English language learning gives our learners the required language skills to gain a hold over the language. As all our learners gear up to take the assessments from Cambridge University at levels they are comfortable with (which need not necessarily be as per their academic grade levels), they approach the language in a sequenced and structured manner, making language learning fun and interesting. Our educators take them through the listening skills, speaking skills, reading and writing skills through the learning material from Cambridge University Press. We are thus gearing up our learners to become global learners confidently.

As we learn and acquire command our English, let us not forget to celebrate International Mother Language day on 21st February, every year. The UNESCO theme for 2018 is ‘Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development’.


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