On November 6, 2010, Ched Arzadon wrote:
Above are links to two newspaper articles re the MLE launching for Region 7 which was held last Friday, November 4, 2010 at Ecotech Center, Cebu. I was fortunate to witness the event organized by Akademiyang Bisaya Inc (ABI). It was their 2nd founding anniversary and it was also the endorsement of their English-Cebuano dictionary, Alphabet, Spelling and Grammar book for MLE use.
Akademiyang Bisaya Inc (ABI) is made up of Cebuano writers, HEI educators, DepEd officials, local government officials and other concerned citizens. Before ABI was organized, there were only writers groups like the Ludabi and other Cebuano language advocate groups led by Mayor Sitoy of Cordova and college professors like Dr. Jess Tirol who uses the Cebuano language in teaching engineering and math subjects. However, when DepEd Order 74 s2009 “Institutionalizing Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education” came out, these writers groups and various advocate groups joined forces with those in the education sector in order to provide support to the MLE policy.
Once there were four irreconcilable groups asserting their own Cebuano alphabet and spelling but for the purpose of promoting MLE, these groups worked (and debated) hard to reach a consensus so that there will be a standard Cebuano orthography to be used in the classrooms. Now it would be easier to write children’s stories and other instructional materials to be used for MLE pilot schools. I was truly inspired with the humility of their members (though men and women of high stature) to serve the needs of DepEd’s MLE program. During the event, Dr. Ricaredo Borgonio, the DepEd regional director and his team, gave an exhaustive presentation about DO 74 and how it would be implemented in Region 7. It would be great if every DepEd regional official would have that sense of vision and ownership.
This is the 2nd local launching of a regionwide MLE strategy. The first one was held last August 26 for Region 8 at Leyte Normal University, Tacloban City. The next one will be held next month for Region 5 and Region 1. If you plan to launch your own MLE strategy, please let us know.
On November 13-23, we will be conducting the second phase of MLE Trainers Training to be held at Iloilo City. The first phase was conducted at Tagaytay City last September (the participants were DepEd regional trainers not selected UP teachers as reported by Cebu Daily News). The trainers group is going to complete the MLE curriculum adaptation plans and their corresponding teachers guides. One of their tasks is to develop stories for pre-school and grade 1 using the local languages.
In a related development, 170+ Talaytayan MLE sent this email on November 7, 2010:
Here’s an insightful article: “Bisdak tongue” by Sofia Logarta Madilena de la Cerna, Inquirer Global Nation. Bisdak means Bisaya Dako or Great Bisaya. The writer rues about the fact that MLE is implemented only in public schools. She should be informed that DepEd Order No. 74 s2009 does not limit the implementation in public schools alone. The policy covers both public and private schools.
By the way, there is a private school for rich kids in Teachers Village where they use English as primary MOI (since that is the predominant L1) but they also teach Tagalog as L2. It is like the heritage language courses being offered to immigrants in the US. I hope there is a private school in Cebu that would dare to use Cebuano in school.