Mumbai schools opinion on 3-language formula

While the Ministry of Human Resource Development is mulling the proposal to introduce a three-language formula which will make studying a foreign language more difficult for school students city schools are urging students to learn Spanish, German or French if they want to jazz up their college applications and soak in a new culture.

Educators and child development specialists argued that restricting foreign languages will not help in promoting Indian ones. They said that for a student, learning a new language is more than just acquiring linguistic skills; it opens a window to an entirely unfamiliar culture and offers a fresh perspective on life.

Introducing fun ways of learning foreign languages, Jamnabai Narsee International School, Juhu, for instance, has started an immersion programme in Spanish. Students go to study the language in Spain, live there in dorms or hostels arranged by the institution, interact with the natives and get a taste of the local life.

“This is one of the best ways to pick up the language,” said Jasmine Madhani, principal of the school, which offers French and Spanish from Class 6. Highlighting the importance of learning foreign languages, Madhani said, “Learning foreign languages prepares students for the future so that they can apply for jobs in multinational companies that have clients from across the globe.”

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