Do you know what your mother tongue is? Apparently, several people do not. And apparently, there's as big a debate on that as this.
The Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, in association with Goethe-Zentrum and Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), is organising a symposium on Mother Tongues And Language Learning on 17th February, at the OUCIP premises in OU campus. Prof Bh Krishna Murthy, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, will inaugurate the symposium, and it will be followed by a keynote address by Prof Udaya Narayana Singh, Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.
In multilingual societies like India, mother tongue can be a rather slippery concept. The same person can have different mother tongues, depending on the way mother tongue is defined. It can be on the basis of origin, identification, competence or function. The field is large and complex.
The proposed seminar seeks to summarize the complexity of the concept of the mother tongue and explore the language teaching implications of this complexity. Of particular interest would be to see not only the implications for school-level language learning, but the implications for adults, too, of a complex multilingualism for foreign-language learning (including its special case, English).
Especially worth noticing in this context are the highly variable English skills of students studying, for example, French or German in India, and worth exploring are the possibilities of leveraging the multilingualism of both the teachers and the learners. Some of the areas to be explored are mother tongues in India, multilingual education in India and foreign language teaching in India.
The detailed list of program at the symposium is as under:
09:30am to 10:00am - Inauguration and welcome address by Prof Siddiq Ali, Director of OUCIP; a briefing about the symposium by Amita Desai, Executive Director, Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad; inaugural address by Prof Bh Krishna Murthy, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad
10:00am to 01:15pm — Session I; Chair — Prof Meera Manvi, Dean, Faculty of Arts, OU
10:00am to 10:30am — Keynote Address by Prof Udaya Narayana Singh, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, on "Mother, Why Don’t You Teach Me? Or, The Cry of the School Drop-Outs"
10:30am to 10:45am — Interactive Session
10:45am to 11:05am — Lecture by Prof Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, on "Mother Tongue Vitality: Translation As Cultivation"
11:05am to 11:15am — Discussion session with Dr T Vijay Kumar, Dept of English, OU
11:15am to 11:45am — Interactive Session
11:45am to 12:00pm — Tea
12:00pm to 12:20pm — Lecture on "Mother Tongue(s), Language Learning And Dialogism", by Prof Aditi Mukherjee, Dept of Linguistics, OU
12:20pm to 12:30pm — Discussion session with Prof P Sumathi, Dept of Telugu, OU
12:30pm to 01:00pm — Interactive Session
01:00pm to 01:10pm — Chair’s remarks and closure of Session I
01:15pm to 02:15pm — Lunch
02:15pm to 04:45pm — Session II; Chair — Prof Nirupama Rastogi, Dept of French, CIEFL
02:15pm to 02:35pm — Lecture on "Mother Tongue In The Didactics Of Foreign Language Teaching", by Karl Cogard, Alliance Française of Chennai
02:35pm to 02:45pm — Discussion session by Dr A Giridhar Rao, Esperanto teacher
02:45pm to 03:15pm — Interactive Session
03:15pm to 03:30pm — Tea
03:30pm to 03:50pm — Lecture on "Mother Tongue And Factors For Successful Acquisition Of Foreign Language", by Michael Flucht, Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi
03:50pm to 04:00pm — Discussion session by Prof Ismat Mehdi, CIEFL
04:00pm to 04:30pm — Interactive Session
04:30pm to 04:40pm — Chair’s remarks and closure of Session II
Vote of thanks by Frédéric Dart, Director, Alliance Française of Hyderabad
The symposium is open to all. For further details, please contact Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/35 or Goethe-Zentrum at 6652-6443/2324-1791.