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Using an Additional Language as the Medium of Instruction: Transition in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education

We'd like to thank Agatha van Ginkel for her excellent presentation to the network on "Using an Additional Language as the Medium of Instruction: Transition in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education." The webinar, hosted by the MTB-MLE Network on January 27, 2014, was attended by nearly 50 network members and colleagues and was highly interactive and participatory. 

Webinar with Dr. Agatha van Ginkel

Jan 27 2014
America/New York
Date: Monday, January 27, 2014 

Presentations on MTB-MLE and Transition from Dr. Agatha van Ginkel

Dr. Agatha van Ginkel, an Education and Language Consultant with SIL Africa Area gave two presentations related to MTB-MLE issues at the recent 
All Children Reading, Africa 2012 workshops earlier this year. These workshops, hosted by the Global Partnership for Education and attended by various education experts and leaders, were designed with the purpose of finding innovative ways to improve early grade reading and boost children's literacy in developing countries. 

Dr. van Ginkel's presentations discuss both the importance and value of mother tongue instruction as well as provide guidance for teachers on deciding when and how students should be transitioned from their mother tongue to L2. 

Using L2 & L1 for Teaching and Learning in Early & Middle Grades

This short document offers practical teaching techniques for using both mother-tongue (L1) and the official school language (L2) in the classroom.  The early grade technique assumes the availability of L1 activity books and the middle grade technique assumes the availablity of L2 textbooks.  Both techniques focus on effective bridging between the two languages.

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