Thiruvananthapuram: Tech-savvy students can now learn Malayalam through mobile applications and games.
With an aim to tap the potential of technology to learn and teach Malayalam, the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University has brought out a string of applications to learn letters, words and basic sentences of the language.
The Tirur-based varsity designed and developed the digital tools as part of its new action plan "Malayala padham" to make the learning of Malayalam easy and interesting.
K. Jayakumar, vice-chancellor of the university, said the apps were envisaged to help the learning of language easy for the new generation children.
"The action plan was launched by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on May 29 and the apps are now available for download," he told reporters here in a press meet.
Aksharakeli and Padakeli
With the help of the applications, learners can learn alphabets, words and sentence through computers, mobile phones and tabs after downloading it, he said.
The core objective of the initiative is to support the state government's move to make the learning of Malayalam compulsory in schools including those under CBSE, he said.
The 'Aksharakeli', the letter game, would help to learn letters and its pronunciation, while the 'Padakeli' would make learning of basic words in the language easy.
The 'School Dictionary' gives the meaning of almost all words which appear in the text book from Class 1 to 10.
'E-copy book' to improve handwriting
The 'e-copy book' was envisaged to improve the handwriting of learners, he said.
Jayakumar said the apps would be specially beneficial for differently abled children to learn the basics of Malayalam.
A program to impart training for Malayalam teachers in government schools and a special package to teach Malayalam in the CBSE and ICSE schools was also also on the cards, he said.
A comprehensive online program to help students and teachers across the globe learn Malayalam would also be launched by the university soon, Jayakumar,said, adding that a fund of Rs 50 lakh was earmarked in the varsity budget to be spent for various projects this financial year.