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Training stresses teaching of standard language through local dialect
In a six-day residential training of teachers of small schools of Banswara's tribal region, which held at city's Sampurn Jeevan Vikas Samiti, the teaching of Hindi through local dialect was stressed upon and participants were taught how to prepare learning material, which they found relevant and interesting for transition from home language to school language.

In the training partnered by UNICEF, SWACH and Culp-NGO and directed by this citizen journalist (Dr. Lalit Kishore), a pedagogue, the participants were demonstrated how to make use of use of the local words of the objects in the surroundings of children of which pictures can be made. The teachers were made to draw the visual symbols of these words.

It was told that visual symbols are the representation of the reality in the form of simplest line drawings and it was illustrated by drawing the visual symbols of a mouse, rabbit and squirrel. The recognition-related suggestive strokes were emphasized.

Around ninety trainees, divided into two groups, prepared worksheets for group work for around twenty words for sight vocabulary, matching exercises, colouring exercises and successive drawing for use in their schools. The standarised version of four-line rhymes on the identified words was created in the classroom. The rhymes first used as spoken word-art, followed by echo-singing and collective singing.

Before the use of worksheets, the use of flash cards with visual symbols and words was used during the training for teaching in multi-grade situation.

It was suggested after 20-days of mother-tongue teaching, the transition to the textbooks in the standard language should be made. Since, even the dialect changes from place to place, the material should be developed for each school by individual teacher for contextualization of language teaching.

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