Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) Summer Seminar/Workshop – FINAL UPDATE


Wed, March 30, 2011 12:44:52 AM, Diliman, Quezon City. Ched E. Arzadon, our peripatetic MTBMLE prime advocate/chronicler/reporter, files the following update to our earlier post:

The much awaited Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) seminar-workshop is just few days away. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has indicated its support by allowing the use of the CHED auditorium for the said event. So please take note: the MTBMLE summer workshop will be held at the CHED auditorium, Diliman, QC,  from April 4 until April 15 (no sessions on Saturday and Sunday). Distribution of kits will start at 9:00am on Monday. Workshop schedule is from 8:00am to 5:00pm (except for Mondays when it starts at 9:00am).

We have participants coming from all over the country – educators and administrators from universities/colleges and elementary schools, publishers, curriculum writers, policy makers and NGO representatives. We are extending the deadline of registration until April 2 (Saturday).

Below is the updated list of topics. For more information please call 02-9818500 loc 2294 ; 09163944870 (Lucy); 02-3477468 / 09151119878 (Ched).

Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) Summer Seminar-Workshop

April 4 – 15, 2011
Commission of Higher Education Auditorium
CP Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

Faculty members and administrators of Teacher Education Institutions/Higher Education Institutions, curriculum writers, DepEd MLE Coordinators and other education stakeholders from GOs, NGOs and LGUs are invited.

The Department of Education through DepEd Order 74 series of 2009 has established MTBMLE as the fundamental policy in formal and non-formal education. The policy states that “The lessons and findings of various local initiatives and international studies in basic education have validated the superiority of the use of the learner’s mother tongue or first language in improving learning outcomes and promoting Education for All (EFA).”

It has now become imperative for Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) and other education partners to align their programs in accordance with this new policy and to support the MTBMLE programs in their regions.

Drs. Susan and Dennis Malone (SIL International and UNESCO consultants) will be the main facilitators. They have a long experience in managing MTBMLE programs in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and other places in the world. The special topics will be handled by Filipino scholars and MLE practitioners.

Core Topics:

  • Language & Education: Overview of current MLE training situation in the Philippines
  • Learning theories for teachers
  • MTB MLE around the world
  • Overview of MTBMLE
  • Principles that guide strong MTB MLE programs
  • Essential components of MTB MLE programs
  • Building fluency in Oral L1;
  • Introducing and building fluency in written L1
  • Assessing & strengthening teachers’ L1 literacy
  • Introducing and building fluency in Oral L2
  • Using resources to develop lesson plans
  • Dealing with multilingual classrooms: challenges & strategies
  • Bridging to L2 literacy
  • Activity-based and book learning in complementarity
  • Meaning & accuracy in reading and writing
  • Oral L2 in crowded classrooms
  • Child-centered, activity-based learning

Special Topics:

  • Proposed MTBMLE Curriculum under K-12 Curriculum;
  • Filipino Cultural Markers;
  • Philippine Languages (orthography and morphosyntax);
  • MLE Policies in the Philippines; Case Study of the Lingua Franca Program

The course fee is P9,000 (inclusive of materials, lunch and snacks). Payment can be sent to Faculty Center Rm 2115 UP Diliman, Quezon City or it can made through Bank transfer payable to 170+ Talaytayan MLE Incorporated under Current Account Number 0470506288 BDO-SM Manila branch. For housing needs, please contact Lucy Cruz 02-9818500 loc 2294 or 09163944870

If you have further questions, please email . For more information please call 02-9818500 loc 2294 (Lucy); 02-3477468 / 09151119878 (Ched)

Organizers: This seminar-workshop is being organized by the 170+ Talaytayan MLE Inc, SIL International, Mariano Marcos State University, Philippine Social Science Council in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

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