Balbharti adds Spanish, Chinese

ST Correspondent
Monday, 20 May 2019

As part of the new curriculum that will be introduced to the Class XI for the year 2019-20, the Balbharti has introduced two new foreign languages - Spanish and Chinese.

Pune: As part of the new curriculum that will be introduced to the Class XI for the year 2019-20, the Balbharti has introduced two new foreign languages - Spanish and Chinese.

These two are the latest additions to the already existing foreign languages -  French, German, Japanese and Russian.
“While we already had a few foreign languages in the curriculum for the higher secondary classes, we saw that these two languages too have begun to have students’ inclination and interests recently. Hence, we decided to add these to our basket,” Balbharti Special Officer Rajiv Patole told Sakal Times.

With the growing popularity of language studies in the city, the organisation has decided to include  a greater number of languages in the curriculum too.

“Language studies are trending worldwide. The number of students taking interest in studying these languages in Pune itself too has increased. Along with the usual course, the students also need to have a multilingual approach to succeed in the modern world,” Patole said.

Several foreign languages are being taught at several classes and institutes across Pune, with a huge response from y
oungsters. 

The officer said, “The difficulty level of the foreign languages is quite low since they are at the introduction level. So, most students take these up as a scoring subject. But, I believe that this should inculcate the interest in the students to take up the study of foreign languages seriously.”

There are several new universities and countries that have opened their doors to Indian students for an array of courses. 
However, language is often a barrier for the students to get into these courses.
 
Patole stated that the introduction to more foreign languages would be helpful for students here as well.

“Apart from these, the knowledge of foreign languages can also equip the students to work at BPOs side by side, where there is a requirement of multilingual employees. It will help the students with a humble economic background to earn as they learn,” he added.

Classical Language
Along with the introduction of new foreign languages, this year, Balbharti has also added Prakrit in its section of classical 
languages.

“While we do learn Sanskrit, Pali, Arabic, etc., Prakrit, that is the original language of Marathi, remains widely unnoticed in the academics, especially at the secondary level education. Hence, we have introduced this. Classical and foreign, both have equal weightage and importance in our eyes,” Patole said.

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