Philippine Languages-in-Education Policy: The Story Thus Far

By Frances Doplon
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines

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


This presentation examines language education policies in the Philippines from 2001 onwards. Instead of promoting linguistic diversity, these language policies of the past decade betray the persistence of linguistic imperialism (Phillipson, 1992). However, in the past two years, this persistence was met by a resistance— the acclaimed countermove of the 2009 Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy of the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd). In the end, this presentation argues that MTB-MLE in its present form, although a significant first step to linguistic diversity, continues to be influenced and threatened by deep-seated language beliefs.

Categories and Subject Descriptors: Education: Languages

General Terms: Languages

Keywords: Language Policy, Philippine Education, Mother Tongue, Multilingual Education

To read the complete article, click on Doplon – Philippine Languages-in-Education Policy.

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