2012 Training-Workshop on Bridging between Languages in Mother Language-Based Education under the New K-12 Curriculum

A two-week training-workshop will be held at the St. Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines, on May 14-26, 2012, in an effort to mesh Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (DepEd Order No. 74, s. 2009) with the new K to 12 Basic Education curriculum that will be implemented in all public schools starting SY 2012-2013 per DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2012.

The training-workshop is being held under the auspices of SIL International, St. Louis University, and the 170+ Talaytayan MLE Inc. The resource speakers are Dr. Susan Malone and Dr. Dennis Malone of SIL, DepEd officials and experienced professors from UP, SLU, PNU and ADMU.

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This international workshop is part of a series on planning for strong and sustainable mother tongue-based bilingual and multilingual education (MTB MLE) programs and will focus on the following topics:

  • Learning theories and second language acquisition theories
  • Building fluency in oral and written L1 (home language) and L2 (school language)
  • Planning the progression: teaching languages as subjects and using them for instruction from the beginning to the end of the MTB MLE program in primary school
  • Using government standards / competencies to develop MTB MLE-specific curriculum
  • Developing MTB MLE-specific teaching and learning materials
  • Teacher training for MTB MLE, including incorporating MTB MLE content into established teacher training programs
  • Assessment and evaluation issues specific to MTB MLE
  • Expansion issues–maintaining quality while ‘scaling up’

This will be an intensive two weeks of lectures, teaching demonstrations, materials development exercises and curriculum adaptation sessions. For elementary teachers and administrators, the goal is that you will leave with a firm understanding on how to implement mother tongue based instruction in kindergarten and the early grades under the new K-12 curriculum in your school district or division. For tertiary educators, the added objective is to help you design your teacher education programs according to first language-based education principles. For those reasons, we strongly suggest that you come in teams of at least two people from each division so that you can talk over issues and work together on your projects. There are limited slots available.

What to bring

Bring an electronic or paper copy of the learning competencies or standards that have been established for primary-level children in your school. Make sure the curriculum starts with the first year of school (pre-primary and/or Grade 1) and includes all the primary grades.

Bring examples of the kinds of materials that have been produced for your program so far and/or mainstream materials (school language) that the students will be required to use in the program.Prepare a short (15 minute) report on your program, even if classes have not yet begun. We will schedule these reports at the beginning of the workshop so everyone will know what the others are doing and can share ideas, experiences, and questions.

For more information about course content and what to bring, contact Diane Dekker of SIL (Diane_Dekker@sil.org) or Ched Arzadon of UP Diliman(ched.arzadon@gmail.com).

Click here for the Final Invitation to the 2012 Training-Workshop on Bridging between Languages at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City on May 14-26, 2012, Daily Schedule of Activities, Registration Form, and Accomodation Booking Form.

Click on the applicable department memo/advisory re authorization for participation/attendance hereto:

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