Ernesto C. Toquero
(Presented at the 1st MLE Conference, “Reclaiming the Right to Learn in One’s Own Language,” Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Feb 18-20, 2010.)
ABSTRACT: This paper explores what primary school teachers can possibly do to make use of the children’s indigenous culture and the richness of their mother tongue as an effective medium in teaching mathematics following the MLE framework of Listening, Speaking/counting, Reading and Writing/Solving. It attempts to show how the mother tongue can be used as a bridge, not only to learn the language of mathematics, but to build a strong mathematical foundation that can be used for life long learning in mathematics. It demonstrates how cognitive development in mathematics is based on the language the child understands best – his/her mother tongue. This is done by making use of the mother tongue as a medium in building useful mathematical concepts that run through from arithmetic to algebra. Concepts such as grouping by tens, place value, exponents, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, combination of similar terms and other mathematical concepts and operations are derived from the way children count in their mother tongue.
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