India: This Indian Startup Shows You Don’t Need Textbooks To Learn Languages


Interesting story about a teaching method connecting to local culture.  Great reading at http://www.forbes.com/sites/abehal/2016/12/15/this-indian-startup-shows-you-dont-need-textbooks-to-learn-language/#3690d931f037

Excerpt:

This led to a year’s worth of work in which Viswanath says the team came up with several basic principles that reconstructed the natural language-speaking process for the classroom. “We will never teach a word or grammar, teaching must be joyful – there should be no instruction,” he says. “All language should be learned through a discovery process.”

When there is a need for engagement, the urgency to realize fluency kicks in, says Viswanath.

Validating the product through tests in the field, including in the original Dharavi school that had sparked the idea, they quickly realized that the children were picking up English quickly through learning through music and audio – using the Karadi Tales titles as a backbone.

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