As ‘foreword’ to this quarter’s newsletter ‘Edvantage’,an adage by Wilhelm von Humboldt comes to mind: Language is “the infinite use of finite means.”Remember, it is possible to communicate big ideas with relatively limited language; but it needs to be a language the world understands. Why is learning a language important? We all know the answer. This skill, when acquired, opens a plethora of opportunities, be it in the personal or professional domain. A language is not just learning how to read, write, listen and speak, in whatever order, but to understand the culture that the language stems from. One of the most common languages, English, has seen a paradigm shift in teaching and learning experiences over the years. In fact, this holds true for most of the subjects taught or learnt. I remember when I learnt the language, the most common practice was to delve into different types of stories, understand contexts, and capture nuances thereof; grammar played a major role too, as did the core understanding of the language. That remains still the case, by and largely; however, the approach has changed Read More..

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