The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Manasagangotri, has organised a two-week training programme on “Emerging Technologies in Language Teaching” for the academic staff belonging to Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages of Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), Moka, Mauritius, at CIIL in city from July 17 to 30.

An MoU was signed between CIIL and MGI in 2006 to conduct collaborative academic programmes in a number of areas of mutual interest including Second/Foreign language teaching through Language Resource Centre in MGI.

The objective of this training programme is to propagate the cause of Indian languages at the international level, especially among the Indian diaspora. In this programme, the teachers will be trained in various methods of language teaching and also in the development of materials by using technology —namely, web-based learning, learning through social media, online learning, teaching and learning through television based programmes and developing courses through corpus.

Besides, they will also be trained simultaneously on designing of multimedia contents for language and training in the development of multimedia packages for teaching language through games.

Prof. Awadesh Kumar Mishra, Director, CIIL, said that simply learning grammar is not language learning. While learning a language, one has to use the language regularly in his/her speech.

Emphasising on culture and its pragmatic aspects in language learning, he said that culture is an integral part of human behaviour and human being can’t learn it from books.

Dr. L. Ramamoorthy, Officer incharge of LDC-IL of CIIL and Coordinator of this programme, briefed about the objectives and activities of CIIL and its schemes like NTS-I, NTM and LDC-IL.

Around 22 academics of various disciplines from Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, Mauritius are participating.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore