Hindi is not only a language for children of Indian origin but it helps them have an identity, says Kulwinder Kaur, a teacher of Hindi at Darcy Road Public School, in Wentworthville, where Hindi is being taught. “Culture and language are not separate from each other,” she says.
The SBS Hindi team recently visited Darcy Road Public School to find out more about their Hindi classes and importance of learning languages.
Talking about the process of taking children in Hindi class, Kulwinder says children of Indian origin are given the option to learn Hindi while entering school.
“English is the largest language of all but Hindi is the largest language of children who speak a second language and so the education department agreed that we have a Hindi community language program in our school,” explains Principal Trudy Hopkins on why importance is given to learning the language.
During the visit, the SBS team also spoke about the SBS National Languages Competition 2019 and encouraged participation from the school.
The program involves teaching children the Hindi alphabets through Hindi songs and dances to make learning fun.
“Children have some difficulty in Hindi grammar. Writing is not easy yet, but they have no problem in reading. Children in whose home Hindi is spoken are able to perform more naturally than other children in their Hindi class,” says Trudy.
She now plans to include Tamil in the school curriculum. “Because after Hindi, the second biggest speaking language in the school is Tamil,” she says.