Mother Tongue

A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science

Seventeen-year-old Indrani Das just won the top high school science prize in the country. Das, who lives in Oradell, N.J., took home $250,000 from the former Intel Science Talent Search, now the Regeneron Science Talent Search, for her study of brain injuries and...

Myanmar: Rethinking ethnicity in the classroom

THE ROLE of culture in education is often a controversial subject. In Myanmar, the debate is largely focused on the language of instruction, with representatives of ethnic minorities pushing for the right to teach in their mother tongues. However, cultural issues go...

Mother Tongues matter amid English-language push in Asia

British Council Senior Adviser John Knagg calls it “the global, suicidal run to early English” – the penchant of many education systems to prioritize English at the expense of other non-dominant languages, often children’s mother tongues. It’s an issue that is...

Thailand: Mind your language

An ensemble of traditional musicians begins to play. The treble sound of the oboe gets louder. Drum rolls accompany a steady rhythm of cymbals. A male singer croons in an unfamiliar dialect, "Oh, Ga Nobe Ting Tong ..." Nearby, a group of four women clad in shiny...

Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning

The most widely read GEM Report publication is our paper last year on language policy in education. Why? Because there are about 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, and, as we showed in that study, a staggering 40% of the global population are learning in a...

Children learn better in mother tongue

Globally, there are 50-75 million 'marginalised' children who are not enrolled in school. Children whose primary language of instruction in school are more likely to drop out of school or fall in early grades. Research has shown that children's first language is the...

16 Great Apps for Learning An Aboriginal Language

For those of you interested in learning and exploring an aboriginal language, the collection below has you covered. Curated from iTunes ‘Explore an Aboriginal language’ collection in App Store, this selection features 16 great iPad apps to introduce you to a wide...

3 examples of mother tongue education

Today, we celebrate International Mother Language Day. Wherever possible, GPE supports mother tongue education as part of providing a quality education. Let’s have a look at three countries where GPE provides support. In Madagascar, distributing textbooks in Malagasy...

Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning

The most widely read GEM Report publications is our paper last year on language policy in education. Why? Because there are about 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, and, as we showed in that study, a staggering 40% of the global population are learning in a...

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