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Promoting Reading in India

Karaoke Reinforces Reading Skills

Most of us know the effect: As soon as a subtitle appears on a TV screen, we find it quite impossible to ignore it – whether we understand the language or not. Brij Kothari, an Indian PhD student at Cornell University in the United States watched a lot of Spanish movies in order to learn Spanish in 1996. However, he found the English subtitles coming along distracting and thought that his Spanish would improve with Spanish subtitles more easily.

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Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC) is a social enterprise running a chain of low-cost pre-schools in rural India. Its focus is on creative learning and bilingual education. The centers are managed by local women providing space in their homes or within the community. HLC trains and support these women and is thus able to keep the costs down.

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Becoming a Literate Adult on the Fast Track in India

According to the CIA World Fact Book, 73 per cent of men and only 48 per cent of women in India above the age of 15 can read and write. Being illiterate basically means no chance to escape from poverty, learn vocational skills and create a viable income.

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Indiens Literatur-Akademie

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The Sahitya Akademi, India`s National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country. It is the only institution that undertakes literary activities in twenty two Indian languages, including English. The Sahitya Akademi was set up by the Government of India to foster and coordinate literary activities in all the Indian languages and to promote through them the cultural unity of India. The Akademi was formally launched by the Government of [ ... ]  

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