Mother tongue-based multilingual education for Timor-Leste: a new direction for language-in-education

Caet, Agustinho and Taylor-Leech, Kerry (2012) Mother tongue-based multilingual education for Timor-Leste: a new direction for language-in-education. In: TLSA 2011: 3rd Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference: Communicating New Research on Timor-Leste , 30 Jun-1 Jul 2011, Dili, Timor-Leste.

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Education policy frameworks to date have mandated the use of the co-official languages, Tetum and Portuguese, as languages of instruction in East Timorese schools. However, low literacy and educational outcomes have prompted the Ministry of Education to form a working group to explore the use of mother tongues as languages of instruction alongside the official languages. The working group advocates the staged introduction of mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) in basic education. It has recently launched a draft policy document outlining the proposed changes, with recommendations for their implementation. This presentation outlines the essential elements of the proposed changes and provides some reasons why MTB-MLE can help achieve universal basic education and literacy for all East Timorese.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper no. 43; Copyright 2012 TLSA & the Authors. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2013 06:19
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: Timor-Leste; education; national languages; mother tongue-based multilingual education; language policy
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
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

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