Timor-Leste: finding appropriate spaces for indigenous vernacular languages in education

Taylor-Leech, Kerry (2011) Timor-Leste: finding appropriate spaces for indigenous vernacular languages in education. In: 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011), 22-25 Nov 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.

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One of the most controversial challenges facing East Timorese education planners concerns the role of languages in the curriculum. Low literacy levels amongst school children have prompted debates in educational circles about the effectiveness of using a dominant language as sole medium of instruction. In this paper I discuss recent policy initiatives advocating mother tongue-based multilingual education in East Timorese schools. Questions of sustainability and transfer into classroom practice remain critical. The focus of this paper is the means by which appropriate educational spaces can be found and sustained for the indigenous vernacular languages of Timor-Leste.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 05:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: Timor-Leste; language policy; national languages; mother tongue-based multilingual education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20012

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