Mother tongue instruction and the heritage languages of Nepal

Laxman Ghimire

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

To read the complete article, click on Ghimire – MTB MLE and the Heritage Languages of Nepal.

2 thoughts on “Mother tongue instruction and the heritage languages of Nepal

  1. Dear Editor,
    I am Laxman Ghimire, a PhD scholar from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. I submitted full paper to be presented at the 2nd Philippines conference. But, I could not attend the conference. The image (bio-sketch) displayed along with my paper “Mother instruction and the heritage languages of Nepal” is not mine. Please, make a necessary correction.
    Thank you
    Laxman Ghimire
    Tribhuvan University

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