By Laxman Ghimire
Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines
Children of heritage mother tongues have been experiencing educational disadvantage because of the language employed as medium of instruction in school is different from the language they speak at home. Nepal’s educational language policies favor mother tongues to be used as instructional medium in early basic grades and gradual transition to the languages of wider communication. However, the program has been able to address very few languages and most of the MTB MLE schools are concentrated in linguistically homogenous communities. But, the majority of schools in Nepal are linguistically heterogeneous. Nepal. A model of MTB MLE has to be explored in order to address the learning needs of students in linguistically heterogeneous classrooms and the students whose mother tongues are only living in oral tradition.
Keywords: Mother tongue instruction, multilingual education, heritage languages, linguistic diversity, language policy
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