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Honing multilingualism is smart: Using wealth of India’s languages in the classroom

Honing multilingualism is smart: Using wealth of India’s languages in the classroom
Honing multilingualism is smart: Using wealth of India’s languages in the classroom
The findings support almost all NEP 2020 recommendations on using the wealth of India’s languages in the classroom as resource.

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​​The Multilingualism and Multiliteracy in India Research (MultiLila) project provides some of the most recent data on positive links between multilingualism, cognitive skills and learning outcomes, with a specific lens on bilingual practice in primary classrooms.

By Debanjan Chakrabarti and Ianthi Maria TsimpliA salience of India’s National Education Policy (NEP) has been its focus on languages at several stages of education, especially at the early childhood and foundational stages, linking languages in school education to literacy and numeracy attainments. Sections 4.11to 4.12 — ‘…children learn… concepts more quickly in their home language/mother tongue’, and ‘research clearly shows that children pick
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