Mother Tongue

Mother tongue-based education is changing lives in deep South

Think back to your very first day of school. Now imagine what it would have been like if you could not understand the language that your teachers were speaking. What would that be like? And how would you feel if you finished sixth grade, but still could not read or write?

3 examples of mother tongue education to improve learning

GPE supports mother tongue education as a key component of the foundation of learning. On International Mother Tongue Day we review how three partner countries—Eritrea, The Gambia and Uzbekistan—with help from GPE, are implementing mother tongue programs...

Respecting indigenous languages in education is core to reducing exclusion

This year’s International Mother Language Day coincides with the declaration of 2019 by the UN as the International Year for Indigenous Languages, which “matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”...

Bilingual education starts with the mother tongue

The way that mother tongue based multilingual education has been offered may contribute to low parent demand in some settings...

How Indigenous Millennials Are Using Tech to Save Their Dying Languages

Decades of oppression and forced assimilation have led to the steep decline of Indigenous languages. Now tech-savvy young people are fighting to preserve their culture...

Piloting mother-tongue curriculum to improve literacy in Niger

In the third-grade classroom at Ecole Patti, near Makalondi in Niger’s Tilaberri Region, four Fulani girls huddle around a single textbook. Asked by the teacher...

What’s it like to start reading at 60?

What's it like to read your first words at the age of 60? What difference does it make after a lifetime of getting by...

Let’s Read! Digital Library Brings Books to Northern Thailand

Asia Foundation Powers Access to Minority Language Children’s Books Chiang Mai, Thailand, August 8, 2017 — In the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, books are rare...

Why are immigrants less proficient in literacy than native-born adults?

Why is it that even highly educated migrants to OECD countries are less likely to be employed than native-born adults who are similarly educated,...

Multilingual education helps children in north east Cambodia to learn at school

Kratie Province, Cambodia, May 2017: By the time his first lesson begins at 7am, Grade 3 student Nelkea has already fetched water and chopped...

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...

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...

Building bridges through multilingual schooling: a mother-tongue pilot in East Timor is showing the...

Editor’s note: As the Language on the Move team is busy preparing for the “Bridging Language Barriers” Symposium to be hosted at Macquarie University on March...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Supporting Mother Tongue Literacy in Uganda – Mango Tree’s Journey

In 2008 and 2009 Mango Tree was trying to put together a proposal to fund a local language literacy pilot project in northern Uganda....

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...

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...

Sustaining Language Use: Perspectives on Community-Based Language Development

(December 2016) How does a language community sustain its language in the face of ever-increasing forces of language shift? In today's world, thousands of...

Why teaching them in their own language could help 500m children to stay in...

There is growing evidence that children taught first in their home languages - before acquiring additional languages - become better learners and are more likely to stay...

US: Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In Ivonne Kendrick’s classroom at Houston Elementary School, 3-year-olds sit cross-legged in a circle, listening to their teacher sing about the...

California Can Lead The Nation On Multilingualism And Diversity

On Election Day, Californians cast their votes for diversity and multiculturalism by passing Proposition 58 — a victory worth celebrating in the face of...

‘Invisible’ Children: Raised In The U.S., Now Struggling In Mexico

Children and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation's public schools. That's a well-known statistic, but less known...

US: 1.4 million students could benefit from bilingual education if this ballot initiative passes

Next week, California voters will have the chance to vote on a ballot initiative, called Proposition 58, that will allow students to receive bilingual...

Nepal: Lost in Translation

At the school in Nepal’s Lalitpur district where I work as an English teaching assistant, a large and colorful mural proclaims: “The world is...

Seizing on Momentum for Mother Tongue in Asia-Pacific: 5th International Conference on Language and...

BANGKOK – 19 OCTOBER 2016: Asia-Pacific is quickly becoming a global leader in mother-tongue based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) – momentum an international conference that...

United Nations Reminds the World of the Indigenous Education Gap

In the United States, nearly every calendar day has an arbitrary significance in popular culture. To provide a few examples, January 8 is National...