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Teaching Khasi at DBCIC Mawlai


By Bivan Mukhim
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Shillong, Jul. 5. In the spirit of Public Private Partnership, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC)- Mawlai in collaboration with the Department of Linguistics, North Eastern Hill University and Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) - Mysore is organising a three week workshop on ''Teaching Khasi to Non-Khasi Speakers.'' The workshop was inaugurated on July 03, 2012 by Prof A. N. Rai (ViceChancellor NEHU).
In his inaugural address Prof. Rai said ''we need to enjoy and love the learning of language as this will help us to appreciate the culture of the people.'' Based on his experiences he shared with the audience the importance of the learning a language. He spoke of an unstructured formula that was needed in the learning of language. ''There is no structured formula to learn a language, unstructured way of conversation quickens our learning capacity of speaking and conversing a language,'' he said.

Fr. Barnes Mawrie, an expert in the Khasi language and culture was the Guest of Honour for the inaugural session. In his speech he stressed the importance of learning a language and Khasi in particular. He encouraged the participants to make use of the opportunity to learn Khasi. He said, 'the learning of Khasi will help you in your day to day conversation.'  

Prof. Juanita War - Dean School of Humanities, NEHU in her observation of language learning said ''language learning involves risk taking. A child imitates the teacher in the learning process.'' Prof. War stressed the need to be guided in the learning of a new language.

Dr. Umarani Papuswamy, HOD, Linguistics, NEHU designed the classes with the help of the team of teachers. In her speech she underlined the importance of learning the language well. She encouraged the participants to make use of the opportunity given to them. With the help of qualified teachers from the university, Dr Umarani was full of confidence that the participants will enjoy and gain from the workshop. She encourages the participants the best in the learning of the Khasi language.

Earlier, Rev Fr. Joseph Puthenpurakal, the Director of DBCIC welcomed the gathering and said that the generous and hard working spirit seen in the planning of this workshop will lead every participant to gain from it. Fr. Manoj Churuliyil, the Asst. Director of DBCIC proposed the vote of thanks.
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