Faculty – Languages
Hindi is the mother tongue of the majority of people residing in North India. Hindi is offered both as a second language and as one of the major subjects at Bishop Cotton School Shimla.
BCS is affiliated to the CISCE New Delhi and Hindi as a second language is considered a Compulsory Group 1 subject in the Syllabus Book of the Council.
Therefore, the students at BCS study Hindi right from the entry class 3 to class (12) UVI form.
We all are aware that any language and especially the mother tongue is not only a source of communication but it is also a source of feeling and emotion for the children.
We very often notice that the students in English medium school normally find it difficult to learn Hindi. Keeping these problems in mind we at BCS have prescribed a very interesting and simple syllabus for each and every age group of all the classes.
All the faculty members of the department emphasize on the skills for a friendly teaching and learning environment in the classroom. Our testing, examination and evaluation pattern is also modern and transparent where each child is shown the answer scripts to make them aware about their performance.
The Hindi Department also organises various inter House competitions for the students throughout the year. We have a Hindi penmanship prize competition for neat, clean and good handwriting and the CPN Singh Hindi Prize Competition for essay writing skills. Beside this we have poetry recitation competition, Hindi elocution/declamation competition and Inter House Hindi Debates. These events take place regularly throughout the year to create interest and develop the writing skills, correct pronunciation, communication and speaking skills amongst the students.
We achieve excellent results in the Hindi ICSE board result.
Punjabi has been taught at BCS as an option since 1997. It considered as a second/third language by the ICSE/ISC board. There are a number of cultural and academic events in Punjabi. The S.Sohan Singh Memorial Punjabi Open prize competition is conducted every year and students from middle and main school can participate in it.
Punjabi is generally taught to the middle school students at BCS but in the past a couple of students have written their ICSE and ISC examination for Punjabi language as well. Punjabi language is also necessary if a person wants to apply for a job in Punjab, they have to proof their language skills by writing an exam for Class X at least.
Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by 130 million native speakers worldwide, making it the tenth most widely spoken language in the world. It is the native language of the Punjabi people who inhabit the historical Punjab region of Pakistan
Punjabi is the fourth most spoken language in England and Wales and third most spoken in Canada. The language also has a significant presence in the United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and
Punjabi emerged as an independent language in the 12th century. Over the years a rich literary tradition has been developed in the Punjabi language, which includes examples of heroic ballads, epic poetry, stories of romantic tragedy, etc.
Punjabi is taught as part of the school curriculum. Students learn not only the language but also culture (including food), history, and beliefs.
The boys enjoy the varied the learning experiences which include alphabets, counting, culture, traditions, religious beliefs and a study of the geography of the Punjab – the land of five rivers.
French is a popular option for a second or third language at BCS and can be studied for the ICSE exams.
French is often considered the language of culture. A French lesson is a cultural journey into the world of fashion, gastronomy, the arts, architecture and science. Speaking French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of France’s best-known universities (the Sorbonne, Pierre Marie Curie University, etc).
Within Europe, France is the third most popular destination for international students.The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life.
French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking. It is the language of the great philosophers (Descartes, Sartre and Derrida, among others) and eminent scientists (Pierre and Marie Curie).
In learning French, students also learn how to argue a case and present different points of view, valuable skills for discussions and negotiations. Contrary to popular belief, French is not a difficult language to learn. It is a language that requires a certain precision but is also capable of expressing great subtlety. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French. There are many methods that make learning French enjoyable, starting with the first years of school. French also appeals to the students because it is a soft, melodious, romantic language.
Since French has a reputation for excellence, students tend to be highly motivated and attain a high level of proficiency.
In order to make this learning process more enjoyable, the French department conducts a ‘French Open Prize’ annually wherein many students participate in a bid to show their passion for the language.
It is easy for students to make contact with French speakers of their own age, as pen pals or via the Internet. Speaking French makes a major contribution to preserving linguistic diversity in the world and avoiding the exclusive domination of a single
language in today’s globalized world.
Sanskrit is one of the ancient languages of the world. All the religious and holy scriptures and books such as Veda’s, Upnishada’s, Shastra’s, Shrimad Bhagwat Gita and many more are written in Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is known as a voice of God and Deities. In the Hindu religion every worship is performed through the chanting of verses ( Mantras) of Sanskrit. Therefore, it has a very sacred place in heart of people in India.
This language is considered as a mother of many languages spoken in the different parts of India. Sanskrit was not only spoken but was also the main language of communication during the Vedic Era in ancient India.
Sanskrit is offered as a third Language at BCS. The children can choose from Sanskrit, French and Punjabi as a one third Language in the Middle School. The students study and learn the opted language for three years from class 6th to class 8th.
Bishop Cotton School Shimla has been offering Sanskrit as a third language since affiliating with the Council. The majority of the students opt for Sanskrit and take a keen interest in learning the language. One of the key attractions of studying Sanskrit is that students get very high percentage in this subject. Besides this many parents also prefer that their children study and learn the ancient language of our ancestors.