Training-workshop on bridging between languages in mother language-based education under the new K-12 curriculum

(via Implement MLE Now!)

To be held 14-26 May 2012 at St. Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines. Organized by SIL International, St. Louis University and the 170+ Talaytayan MLE Incorporated.

This international workshop is part of a series on planning for strong and sustainable mother tongue-based bilingual and multilingual education (MTB-MLE) programs and will focus on the following topics:

  • Learning theories and second language acquisition theories
  • Building fluency in oral and written L1 (home language) and L2 (school language)
  • Planning the progression: teaching languages as subjects and using them for instruction from the beginning to the end of the MTB MLE program in primary school
  • Using government standards/competencies to develop MTB MLE-specific curriculum
  • Developing MTB MLE-specific teaching and learning materials
  • Teacher training for MTB MLE, including incorporating MTB MLE content into established teacher training programs
  • Assessment and evaluation issues specific to MTB MLE
  • Expansion issues–maintaining quality while ‘scaling up’

This will be an intensive two weeks of lectures, teaching demonstrations, materials development exercises and curriculum adaptation sessions. For elementary teachers and administrators, the goal is that you will leave with a firm understanding on how to implement mother tongue based instruction in kindergarten and the early grades under the new K-12 curriculum in your school district or division. For tertiary educators, the added objective is to help you design your teacher education programs according to first language-based education principles. For those reasons, we strongly suggest that you come in teams of at least two people from each division so that you can talk over issues and work together on your projects. There are limited slots available.

What to bring:

  1. Bring an electronic or paper copy of the learning competencies or standards that have been established for primary-level children in your school. Make sure the curriculum starts with the first year of school (pre-primary and/or Grade 1) and includes all the primary grades.
  2. Bring examples of the kinds of materials that have been produced for your program so far and/or mainstream materials (school language) that the students will be required to use in the program.
  3. Prepare a short (15 minute) report on your program, even if classes have not yet begun. We will schedule these reports at the beginning of the workshop so everyone will know what the others are doing and can share ideas, experiences, and questions.

For more information about course content and what to bring, contact Diane Dekker of SIL ( or Ched Arzadon of UP Diliman (

To register for the course and information about accommodation, contact Jane K. Lartec of St. Louis University( or CP no. 09192470035) or Lucy Cruz of Talaytayan ( or CP no. 09163944870)

Course fee:
The course fee will be P7,500, inclusive of kit, materials, handouts, CD, lunch and two snacks, but exclusive of lodging or accommodation.

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