My Marathi Level 1 to 6, Target-Specific Short Courses & My Marathi App Level 1
Under the aegis of the innovative Marathi Language Teaching Project (MLT) the Department of German, University of Mumbai celebrated Marathi Bhasha Divas on Sunday, 27th February, 2022 by releasing the communicative Marathi textbooks and workbooks along with audio-visuals for My Marathi Levels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and text cum workbooks for 4 short courses for specific target groups (Communicative Marathi for Nurses, Rickshaw and Taxidrivers, Bank Officers and Government Officials) and 1 App for Level 1. The books were released by Shri Subhash Desai, Hon’ble Minister for Marathi, along with Prof. Dr. Subhash Pednekar, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, Prof. Dr. Ravindra Kulkarni, Hon'ble Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, Shri Laxmikant Deshmukh, Chairperson, Bhasha Sallagar Committee, Maharashtra Government and Shri Sanjay Krushnaji Patil, Director, Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha.
The first level of My Marathi - Textbook and Workbook was released on 13th August 2014 by the actor Aamir Khan, who generously donated Rs. 25 lakhs at the very initial stage of this project. Despite shortage of resources, Prof. Vibha Surana and her team continued working further on the other levels. In 2017 University of Mumbai entered into an agreement with Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha (RMVS). A munificent grant made available by RMVS helped to fund the project. The project ‘My Marathi’ has striven to make an invaluable contribution to the preservation and development of Marathi language.
My Marathi’ is an innovative interdisciplinary project initiated in 2012 by Prof. Vibha Surana, Department of German of Mumbai University that aims to teach Marathi to non-native speakers. Under this unique project, 6 Levels ranging from the elementary to the advanced stage of text and workbooks with audio-visual content have been created in accordance with the Common European Framework of Languages (CEFR). Besides the language textbooks and workbooks, four short courses have been developed for nurses, rickshaw and taxi drivers, bank employees and government officials. An app for level 1 has also been designed.
The Project had three objectives: Creating modern, action-oriented and comprehensive study material, training teachers to use and apply the content offline as well as online classrooms. Since 2014 the Certificate Course in Communicative Marathi has been offered by the Department and till date three levels of the course and 11 batches have been taught. In the wake of the corona outbreak the course has been offered on an online mode. For this, online teaching training was given to aspiring and qualified Marathi teachers.
With the project now completed, My Marathi books of levels 2 to 6, 4 short courses and My Marathi app for Level 1 will be released on Sunday, 27th February 2022 by Shri Subhash Desai, Hon’ble Minister for Marathi.
The study material of all the levels is made available online.
The way ahead: Apex Body
Establishing an Apex Body consisting of Marathi Language Experts and Experts of Foreign Language Teaching. This Apex Body would have three goals:
Teaching Marathi to non-native speakers using modern methods
Training Teachers to use these methods effectively
Evaluation and Certification Marathi Language Proficiency by conducting regular exams.