NRI kids :Problems/solutions they face reg 2nd language

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  1. geetha123

    geetha123 New IL'ite

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    Hi all

    I have created this thread mainly for those parents who face trememdous pressure when they return to India, especially regarding selecting best schools for their kids.

    Especially when we try to seek admission for higher stds, we face this 2nd language problem. I feel so sorry and sad for those kids, who have to cope with their daily lessons as well as put extra effort to learn this 2nd language.

    Myself as a NRI parent, currently I'm undergoing the same pressure, don't know whether what I'm doing is right or wrong for my kids. There will be so many parents out there and your VALUABLE information on this topic will be more informative to parents like me. Kindly pour your thoughts here, about, how you tackled this issue and how your kids/school were able to cope up/helpful with this 2nd lang problem.

    thank you very much
    geetha
     
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    geetha123 New IL'ite

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    Dear Shobana,

    Thank you very much for your response.

    Yes, as you've mentioned, I'm sending my son (right now he's in 5th grade) to tamil class here. But, the problem is, they are very much at the beginners level only and when I compare the books of 5th grade tamil its so hi-fi. Its impossible to master that lang even within a year. We speak different lang at home and we are adopting a diff 2 lang. This also confuses him. You have mentioned that many matric schools are offering french as 2nd lang from 6th grade. Could you be more specific ? which school are offering french ? right now, I've got appl from Madras Christian College School which is offering french from 6th grade.

    To conclude, how much ever we teach these kids at home, when it comes to syllabus, its very tough for them. I myself went through 5th grade tamil book. Oh God, it was too hard to read only.

    bye
    geetha
     
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    geetha123 New IL'ite

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    Dear Shobana,

    Again, thank you for your response.

    Your suggestion will be very helpful to me as well as to other parents.
    Take your time and let me know abt the schools.

    I deeply appreciate your time and interest in this.

    Thank you
    geetha
     
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    geetha123 New IL'ite

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    Hi NRI parents,

    The response to this subject seems to be very low. There has to be more NRI parents outside, who should have been come acrossed this situation. Kindly pass on your valuable suggestions & ideas regarding this subject. Even if you are not a NRI parent, that is also Okay. Just pass on your views. Sometimes, even a small idea may be of great help.
    Dear parents, I greatly appreciate your response, and eagerly waiting to see you participating.

    Thank you,
    Geetha
     
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    geetha123 New IL'ite

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    Hi all,

    Kindly make this post alive with your valuable suggestions.

    geetha
     
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    Shanvy Finest Post Winner

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    hi geetha,

    There were few il's with children going to higher classes discussing about second language problem... one person i remember is bagy...i have not seen her in any of these thread recently.

    My solutions..which may or may not work....

    Take the language you are conversant with. say tamil/hindi. bring in books, even before you are back in india, you can start teaching them a little, otherwise to make them pick up all the back log of the previous classes will be difficult.

    when they are already introduced to a language, the kids will find it easy. kids can learn new language upto 5th standard(my opinion, as my daughter learnt arabic and french both from 5th). even afterwards is not a big problem unless we are worried about the kids emotions being trampled at school.

    If you are sure of getting admission into a school which has alternative language, you can always try to give them classes of the same through tutors...

    So the language will not look alien to them...and will not hit them hard.

    All the best.....so when are you in chennai...???
     
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    Hi NRIs,

    There are lots of reputed private institues who teach foreign languages to school students matching their academic syllabus. Most students take french and spanish.

    One such centre in Adyar (Chennai) is "In a Word" in teachers colony. There are lots of student batches who are regular course students. Since tehy are tied up with schools nearby, these teachers do take foreign language in schools.
    Most of the famous cities in India (BLR, HYD, CHENNAI, MUMBAI, DELHI) have such private institutes.

    In india, there is lot of focus on learning a foreign language due to Global job opportunities. foreign language helps housewives, employees, students to manage their travel stay in foreign countries. Japaneese, chineese, spanish, french and german are the toppers.
     
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    Hi all,

    We live at Istanbul, Turkey and I am facing the same problem with my 7 yr old daughter who is presently doing her grade 2 in an international school here. I have brought back with me all the relevant books for std 2 from India as the international standards are very low and and at the elementary level when compared to our indian syllabus. As such we are coaching her at home on all possible subjects, and she also takes spanish at School here. But she does not know hindi nor tamil ( to read and write), and i dont know how we will manage once we move back. Any suggestions on the second languages offered at chennai schools would be very much appreciated and also i would like to know whether many schools offer foreign languages as second language especially spanish. :confused: i am confused as to whether to start coaching an indian language here, as already i feel the child is burdened with many subjects and its many variations.

    Looking forward to your replies.
    thanx in advance.
     
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    hi jay,

    I too faced the same problems. Right now, I'm in US and I'm planning to return to india in May. I'm returning for the same reason, as the education level and culture are very poor here. We are from Chennai, and my son does'nt know to speak or write tamil. We speak telegu at home, and its even more confusing for him. I underwent tremendous pressure seeking for admission in Chennai schools, that too, sitting from here. Later, my parents helped me by finding out a school in Chetpet (MCC) which offered French as 2nd lang from 6th grade. What a relief for me..yet, I need to seek admission for my daughter in 1st grade. We are trying to get some recommendation to put her in a good school. So, this is how my story goes.....


    yes..it will be very difficult for NRI kids to get well trained in 2nd lang, especially when we compare the syallabus, it seems even impossible.. I got 5th grade tamil book, and it was so tough even for me, then imagine how it will be for a NRI kid. All is possible, only if the kid is really interested in spending some time learning it.

    thats it from me..
    bye
    geetha
     
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    Hi NRI parents

    I live in Melbourne and planning to r2i by next year. My son is 5 years old and has started PREP here. We are also thinking as to how he will cope, as we are not very sure about the curriculum. Can some one let me know what would the general syllabus be for 2nd std Tamil.

    However, this is what I have been doing for my son, to familiarize with Tamil. Any further suggestions are also welcome. Even though he doesnt know to write, I have taught him the alphabet sounds, numbers, names of common things and animals.

    Cheers
    Sky98
     

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