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Good response for KSLMA courses in languages

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Pacha Malayalam, Good English and Achhi Hindi run for four months

Proficiency in languages is almost half the battle won in dealing with challenges thrown up by life. So, being able to read, write, and converse in at least three languages can be a real confidence booster.

The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA) has launched three certificates courses in Malayalam, English, and Hindi across the State with this very specific objective.

The courses — named Pacha Malayalam, Good English and Achhi Hindi — will run for four months. “The courses have evoked good response in the initial stages itself. We have launched one centre each in every district for teaching these courses and in due course will start one centre in every 144 blocks across the State,” P.S. Sreekala, Director, KSLMA, told The Hindu.

So far, 688 people have enrolled for the Malayalam course, 996 for English, and 334 for the Hindi course. Thiruvananthapuram district tops the State in terms of number of enrolments for Malayalam and Hindi courses with 110 and 50 participants respectively. Kozhikode with 400 participants has the most number of enrolments for the English course.

Though teaching Malayalam has been made compulsory in formal education from Class 1, there remains a generation that has either completed higher education or are in higher classes without having ever learned the language.

Malayalam computing

Apart from them, the Malayalam course is also aimed at linguistic minorities and government staff struggling with official work owing to their lack of proficiency in Malayalam after it was made the language of governance. “Our certificate will be accepted in jobs where knowledge of Malayalam is mandatory,” Ms. Sreekala said. The course also aims at popularising Malayalam computing and promoting the use of Malayalam even on Smartphones.

All three courses are open to those who have passed Class 8 and have attained the age of 17 years. “There has also been demand for the Malayalam course from schools students who have not yet attained 17 years. We are open to running the course for them in schools where there are at least 30 participants,” Ms. Sreekala said.

The classes will be held between 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Retired teachers and youngsters proficient in these three languages have been enlisted as instructors for an honorarium. A nominal fee will be charged from the participants of the courses, which are open to people from all walks of life.

“While the syllabus of the English and Hindi courses will be mainly restricted to communicative skills, the Malayalam course will go beyond that and cover practical grammar, basic introduction to Malayalam literature and cultural history,” Ms. Sreekala said.

As a continuation to the certificate course, KSLMA proposes to launch a one-year diploma course in Malayalam, which will be open to either those who have completed Plus Two or successfully completed the Malayalam certificate course.

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