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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. 

Deeper Comprehension 101

Comprehension is the end towards which all readers aspire. Making sense of text, connecting its message to one’s store of knowledge and experience, and deriving meaning from the words on a page—this is what reading is ultimately for and about. 

Reading Essentials: Cognitive Science and the Gift of Fluency for All

Helen Abadzi, a senior education specialist at the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education (c/o World Bank; 1987-2013), prepared a set of e-courses for the training donor and government staff.  
The Reading Essentials course is now available for free.  To make access rapid and open, it has been uploaded to Udemy website. Click here to access the e-course.  

Analysis of linguistic environment and instructional implications for preschool children in Ouré Cassoni Refugee Camp in Chad

This resource provides a comprehensive report on the linguistic context of young learners in the Ouré Cassoni Refugee Camp as well as instructional implications of the status quo.

Webinar with Dr. Agatha van Ginkel

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

Estimating the Impact of Language of Instruction in S African Primary Schools: A Fixed Effects Approach

The country of South Africa faces a difficult policy decision ahead as they seek to provide their citizens with adequate skills in both English and Afrikaans, the only two of the nation's eleven official languages that are currently used in academic contexts and literature, while continuing to provide mother tongue education. 

Introduction to Issues and Implications for Children Learning to Read in Multilingual Settings

This report, commissioned through the Education Resource Facility - an initiative funded by AusAID, provides a review of the literature on the most current research and practices surrounding learning to read in a second langauge (L2) and learning through the medium of an L2.

Why Language Matters for the Millennium Development Goals

This 45 page booklet was written by Sandy Barron for the Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) based at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Bangkok.

Ending the Hidden Exclusion: Learning & Equity in Education Post-2015

In this report, Save the Children assesses 5 trends in social, economic, demographic, and political change around the globe. Based on this analysis, and on the guiding principles of learning and equity, they propose a new goal for the post-2015 education framework:
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