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CBSE to launch Chinese language from 2011
Published on 6 Dec. 2010 12:56 AM IST
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Central Board of School Education (CBSE) will be introducing Chinese language in schools affiliated to it from April 2011 onwards.
In an official letter to principals of CBSE affiliated schools, Vineet Joshi, IAS, chairman of CBSE wrote: “In view of China emerging as one of the major global economies and Mandarin being spoken by a large population of the world, the Board is set to launch Chinese in class VI from April 2011.”
According to sources, curriculum and textbooks are being developed by eminent practicing scholars in this field.
CBSE would be conducting the training programme for teachers to make them understand the fundamentals of the pedagogy and contents very soon. The methodology would be based on a multi-skill, activity based and learner centered approach and care would be taken to fulfill the functional (communicative), literary (aesthetic) and cultural (sociological) needs of the learner. According to Jenny Zeliang, additional director and faculty head (Chinese language), India-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mumbai, it was the right time for Indians to start learning Chinese.
“India-China trade is all set to cross $120 billion by 2012?. There is a need for professionals who can speak Chinese.” says Zeliang.
Jenny Zeliang is a native of Nagaland, who obtained a three-year degree in Chinese language form Taipei, Taiwan and has been teaching Chinese (Mandarin) in Mumbai for the past three years to students of all ages– from school students to IIM graduates.
“Learning Chinese language can be challenging and interesting at the same time. Provided the correct methods of teaching are employed, a person can grasp the language without much difficulty,” she opined. Zeliang has recently started a website through which she plans to encourage people interested in learning Chinese.
Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal, union minister for human resource development was recently reported to have indicated that Mandarin would be introduced at schools in India.

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