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Optimizing Learning and Education in Africa – the Language Factor: A Stock-taking Research on Mother Tongue and Bilingual Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

This must-read report presents a comprehensive overview of mother tongue and multilingual education issues in sub-Saharan Africa, including issues related to policy, program design and cost.

Resource to Develop Graded Reading Materials

  Susan Malone lays out a strategy for developing graded reading materials in local languages. The strategy describes four types of reading materials for the different types of readers in the community. The stages include:   Susan Malone lays out a strategy for developing graded reading materials in local languages. The strategy describes four types of reading materials for the different types of readers in the community. The stages include:

Teachers' Guide for the Two Track Approach - Teaching Reading and Writing in Students' First Language

A short teachers' guide for the Two-Track Approach to teaching reading and writing.  The Two-Track Approach balances the goals of reading and writing for both meaning and accuracy.  It provides overt focus on reading and writing for meaning through reading and writing meaningful stories.  Parallel focus is also given to accuracy in reading and writing through phonics and letter formation instruction.

Promoting Literacy in Multilingual Settings

This comprehensive guide (geared towards Asia but with information applicable to other regions) examines the following topics: • Education in Ethnic Minority Communities: Questions to Consider and Problems to Solve • Multilingual Education Practice in Eight Asian Countries • Developing Low Cost and Effective Materials for Multilingual Education Programmes • Training Effective Community Teachers for Multilingual Education Programmes • Teaching Methods for Effective Multilingual Education Programmes This comprehensive guide (geared towards Asia but with information ap

Creating and Sustaining Literate Environments

"UNESCO has developed this resource pack on Creating and Sustaining Literate Environments as a way of addressing the high illiteracy rate that continues to plague the world especially in developing countries. Believing that creating sustainable literate environments and societies that develop human resources and empower communities is essential for achieving the goals of eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.

Heritage Language Playschools for Ethnic Minorities

This book contains administrative and curriculum materials that can be used to establish and operate playschool programmes for indigenous communities. Carefully sequenced steps, covering pre-planning to evaluation, outline the process of setting up a local playschool with the aid of community involvement. The content covers pre-reading, pre-writing and readiness skills and provides an abundance of practical advice, forms and ideas based on sound educational theory.

Improving the quality of mother tongue-based literacy and learning: case studies from Asia, Africa and South America

This resource document provides a summary of mother tongue-based education programs in Africa, Asia and South America. Countries included are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Bolivia. The document further addresses common questions about mother tongue-based education, materials, instructional methods and orthography issues.

Manual for developing literacy and adult education programmes in minority language communities

There are at least three chapters in this UNESCO MTB-MLE resource written by Susan Malone that are germane to the topic of teaching-learning materials development. Chapter 4 deals with developing minority language writing systems. Chapter 6 discusses how to develop teaching plans and instructional materials. Chapter 7 looks at developing graded reading materials. ___________________

Samples of MLE teaching-learning materials developed in the Philippines

This 2-page PDF provides pictures of sample teaching-learning materials developed by three language communities in Mindanao, with technical support from Save the Children in the Philippines and its partners from SIL. Big Books, alphabet primers and alphabet charts are among the materials shown here.

Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies

This report profiles educational programs in 13 countries around the world that address the linguistic needs of children who speak minority languages. Beginning with an overview of the current research on using native languages for initial instruction, this report describes how more than 20 innovative programs around the world have expanded educational opportunities for traditionally underserved minority language groups.

Literacy and linguistic diversity in a global perspective: an intercultural exchange with African countries

This publication reflects the outcomes of a project which brought together experts and practitioners in the field of linguistic diversity and literacy from European and African countries with a view to taking a comparative perspective and defining possible areas of mutually enriching co-operation and exchange.

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