The language class curriculum is designed to enable children to communicate with members of their extended family, particularly elders, in their native language, and thereby develop stronger bonds with them.
Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Odia classes are offered on Sunday for children registered for Bala Vihar program. The minimum grade level for children to enroll in language classes is KG.
Please note the offering of language classes may be adjusted subject to enrollment and availability of qualified volunteer teachers.
The primary emphasis in the language classes offered is on spoken language. At the basic level, children are taught simple words – words used in daily life, words about family relations, classic rhymes, poems, and games with languages. As children learn the basic words, they are introduced to reading and writing alphabets and scripts. Once they are comfortable with the alphabets they move on to compound letters, word formation, and reading simple sentences. As children master the basics, they are introduced to the cultural significance of the language and the geography of the region where it is used.
For each language, children are grouped into classes on the bases of language proficiency and age, while maintaining class size at an optimum level. Active participation of children in the class is encouraged to foster learning; parents are requested to assist as needed. Children are assessed for progress through tests and promoted to intermediate or advanced classes as appropriate and available.