Elke Karan and Diane Morren, SIL International (Sept. 2013)
Launched in February, 2011 the "MTB-MLE Policy for Timor-Leste" mandated that children in pre-primary and primary grades should be educated in their mother tongue.
As part of the implementation strategy for this policy, the National Education Commission's "Language in Education Working Group" also recommended that a pilot program be carried out in which students were instructed in their mother tongues.
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Moving towards bilingual education in Mali: Bridging policy and practice for improved reading instruction
In countries with many mother-tongue languages, supporting reading instruction in mother tongue can often seem a daunting task. At school level, teachers and school directors often don't have the linguistic ability or teaching resources to work in more than one mother tongue within a single school. At the district and regional levels, decision-makers often don't have a complete set of data about the mother tongue needs of the schools in their areas and allocating human or material resources to schools is difficult. At national levels, there is often a disconnect between a policy discourse that declares, in principle, that all mother tongues are used, and constrained sector budgets, which do not include sufficient funds to provide teacher training or instructional materials in all the languages of a particular country.
"Strong Foundations" and "Good Bridges" in Language Education: What Can We Learn from Current Theories and Practices?
A short paper presented at the National Symposium on Language Issues and Quality Education for Ethnic Minority People, Hanoi, Vietnam, December 3-4, 2008.
The paper presents a brief overview of current theory and practice on the topic of bridging between languages in multilingual education.
Join the MTB-MLE Network on Tuesday, November 29 for a presentation by Room to Read (RtR) Chief Program Officer Cory Heyman on RtR's work in 10 countries around the world, developing local language materials that are relevant to each country's context, and appropriate and engaging for children’s developing reading skills. Updates and discussions on the work of the MTB-MLE Network will follow the RtR presentation and discussion.
RTI International, 701 13th St NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20005
The MTB-MLE Network cordially invites you to an event in recognition of International Literacy Day (Sept. 8). The event will feature the following:
- The launch of the MLENetwork.org web site.
- A presentation by Dr. Pooja Reddy, of Carnegie Mellon, on “Biliteracy Acquisition in Students from Multilingual Slum Communities in India.”
- General MTB-MLE Network announcements.
Offices of Save the Children, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036