“I grew up in teachers’ family and I know very well what a difficult task it is. In fact we are colleagues, I have been engaged in teaching Armenian all my life. And even though at this moment I am not involved in the teaching process directly, but I am still connected to schools through text-books”, mentioned the President of the Language Committee and the ASPU Board Davit Gyurjinyan during his meeting with the teachers of the Armenian Diaspora organised at the Pedagogical University.
During the Q&A session the teachers asked their questions referring to the necessity of joining Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian languages, the control of the language broadcast on the mass media, etc.
“Society is demanding”, assured Davit Gyurjinyan referring to the issue of language unification and added that for the time being the Armenian society was not yet ready for that. Besides, the state should also be supporting that process.
In addition, in his opinion reforms should start from education, as very often traditional spelling is unfamiliar even to the graduates of philology.
“We should change the logic of educational system. This is an educational and public thinking problem. Besides, there is no scientific interest in that subject”, added the President of the Language Committee.
Furthermore, when speaking about the errors on notice boards, illiterate speech broadcast on mass media, the latter referred to the functions of the institution he is in charge of, its outcomes, future works, and assured that there would be visible results if public efforts were combined and if there was a change in the attitude; something was certain though - foreignism was typical to our nation our nation.
What is more, the topic of typing with the Armenian alphabet in the social network, transcription, as well as talking over problems in order to move on were also included into the discussions at the meeting.
Last but not least, the Director of the “Spyurk” [Diaspora] Research Centre, the Head of the ASPU Chair of Armenian Modern and New Literature and its Teaching Methods, Professor Souren Danielyan expressed acknowledgements for organising the meeting, which gave them a chance to get directly acquainted with problems and concerns of teachers of the Armenian Diaspora. Similarly, he emphasized the importance of having discourses in regards with concerns over language issues with someone, who had had a significant role in language –building, who clearly realized his role and the level of difficulty of his task.