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Language as a Medium of Communication, Culture, and Tool

It's a man-made gift to the human race which is helping till now to demonstrate and represent our self, our ideas, our ideology, our humanity, our service and commitment

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– by L. Krishna Reddy 

February 12, 2017: Language is the human capacity of acquiring and using of complex systems of communication.

Language is a medium for interaction, exchanging ideas, understand feelings of others, and for the development of the human race existing on this planet.

The only medium or the basic element that comes in use for understanding it is the language that we speak makes us understand and allows us to live in peace and harmony by understanding the feelings and problems of others by exchange of talks on the desk of peace.

The language that a person speaks describes the character and his/her personality. It’s a medium through which a person delivers his or her ideas to the world. Learning a language is all about knowing how to communicate with a different section of people on the other side of the world.

Language plays an important role in the world of trade, international agendas and many other top official things.

Language also influences a person’s life not by its literature but by its people who speak the language. It’s we humans who give the language it’s real value.

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Let me share an incident when I was in Assam. I fell in love with its beauty of nature until I reached the place where I was going to stay. I saw weird insects, plants and reptiles and I started hating it. Then it was their language which I was new to. At first I didn’t understand it but then one of my friends made me learn the language a bit and soon I started to like it and then I started going down the streets chatting with locals. I had a great time as the people were appreciating my fluency and all through I mapped most of the places on my own with the help of the language I learnt.

From that time, I have an interest in exploring. It’s really interesting when a person explores places knowing just how to communicate in their language. For me learning languages has helped a lot, it has helped me in knowing and exploring new places unknown to me and ways of dealing in different places among markets and shops.

Languages has sub divisions of their own

  • Culture
  • Literature
  • People

These three things give the importance of a language.

Culture describes the community of people who have a set of stereotypes of living in a society of their own and a different language which is used for their communication.

Literature describes the beauty of the language in the fields of fiction, poetry and plays.

People make the language get its importance in a society of different class or of some new people. A person is like a Representative of his language in a society of unknown people.

Many scientific researches have been done in the field of language, tracing it to the past and trying to know the ideas and their implementations.

Scientific research in the field of language has led to the era of communication through technology and artificial intelligence. In the present generation there are many specific languages used for the operation of machines, for example, C language is used to design software for computers, binary language and codes are used in electronics etc.

Research has taken language from the exchange of words between humans to the words exchanged between humans and machines.

In the past, the trace of language was believed to be originated from a shower of cosmic ray happened during the time of very first existence of humans on earth. There has been a lot of myths and theories regarding the word language. Well it has been found that language existed before the humans and there are no other traces that can be found to find its actual origin.

Language describes the physical condition of human beings. As it has been explained through biological research, there are specific parts in the brain of humans specially for the language they speak or learn.

There is also a structure for language. According to modal language structures, language is based on two elements, sounds that human produce and gestures which means signs used in language. Meaning of a statement in a specific language exists through sound and gestures that a human uses while speaking. Sounds bring emotions and gestures which relates to grammar of the language builds the sense of brain into words.

Language is not only a set of words with a meaning it’s more than that. It’s a weapon or a tool that drives the screw inside the wall, a tool which fits the wheels and make the thing move.

It’s a man-made gift to the human race which is helping till now to demonstrate and represent our self, our ideas, our ideology, our humanity, our service and commitment.

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The Unconventional Way of Learning: Textbooks Come Alive in Gujarat’s Schools

Outdated teaching methods, lack of interest among students and teachers, and gender discrimination were some of the common problems.

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Outdated teaching methods, lack of interest among students and teachers, and gender discrimination were some of the common problems. Pixabay

 In a small school near Bhuj in Gujarat, a group of class five students sit attentively in class, their eyes glued to an LCD screen. The opened science books on their laps have come alive on the screen before them, as an animated character explains the nuances of the chapter in their native language, Gujarati. Efficient learning, experts say, happens when students enjoy the experience, and in hundreds of schools across Gujarat, digitised school textbooks are opening up children’s minds like never before.

Learning Delight, the hand that is turning the wheel of change in 10,000 government schools, mostly in rural and semi-urban areas across the state, has been digitising the state curriculum since 2011, and has the approval of the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT). The idea is simple: use technology to aid classroom teaching to make the learning process more engaging, more efficient – and definitely more fun.

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This led the two to use technology and design, an e-learning tool that would aid classroom teaching.. Pixabay

So much so, that in a survey done in 350 schools where they have a presence, Parinita Gohil, co-founder of Learning Delight, said, “The dropout rate among children studying between Class 1 and Class 8 has come down by 6-7 per cent in the past five years.”

It all started a decade back when two friends, Harshal Gohil and Vandan Kamdar, who were doing their MBA, realised that there was a huge gap in education between schools in different settings. Outdated teaching methods, lack of interest among students and teachers, and gender discrimination were some of the common problems. This led the two to use technology and design, an e-learning tool that would aid classroom teaching.

“Harshal and Vandan began with a survey in five schools. Here they found that although there was no dearth in infrastructure – the schools had computers – there was scepticism about using them,” Parinita Gohil, who is married to Harshal Gohil, told IANS. The resistance mainly arose because “most teachers were not comfortable with the English language, were scared of using the computer, and apprehensive if the computers would replace their role”.

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There has, however, been an exception in this digitisation process – the language textbooks, be it English, Hindi, or Gujarati, have been left out. Pixabay

Therefore, the offline computer software that they developed was designed in such a way that a teacher’s presence was necessary in the class. The medium of instruction was Gujarati. “So be it any subject – science, math, social studies – the content was digitised in a way that through animation, riddles, puzzles, and stories textbook learning is made more interactive and fun,” Parinita Gohil said. The experts who designed the digitised content also had teachers on board.

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There has, however, been an exception in this digitisation process – the language textbooks, be it English, Hindi, or Gujarati, have been left out. “We don’t want children to leave reading their books. So, while we have digitised the grammar lessons, language textbooks have been left as they are,” she said.

Next in the pipeline is a mobile phone app being developed with a similar software and a foray into Rajasthan, for which software has been developed in Hindi and in tandem with the Rajasthan state education board. (IANS)