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Hubert Devonish | End Jamaican language apartheid | Commentary | Jamaica Gleaner

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Your editorial of Thursday, October 11, 2018, had as its topic the recent statement by Ronnie Thwaites, opposition spokesperson on education, on the importance of the use of the Jamaican language in the educatio
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Report: Taiwan should be cautious about makin...

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The report says that as English is not the native language of Taiwanese people, the difficulty level of promoting English as an official language should be carefully assessed.Taiwan’s Legislative Research Bureau, which is an agency under Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, suggested in a report that Taiwan should be cautious about making English the second official language of Taiwan
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Unlike in US, most European students learn a foreign language

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A median of 92% of European students are learning a language in school. Far fewer K-12 students in the U.S. participate in foreign language education.
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Learning languages early is key to making Australia more multilingual

Learning languages early makes multilingualism “normal” in classrooms and playgrounds, and builds curiosity and even modest mastery.
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Te reo Māori and sign language in preschools should be a no-brainer | Stuff.co.nz

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OPINION: People often say my son is lucky to grow up bilingual - but why don't Kiwis make more use of all of their official languages?
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Plan for more school pupils to study foreign languages

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Despite teacher shortage, 10-year strategy aims to boost learning of languages at school
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Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning

Published by the Huffington Post, March 8, 2017

 

The most widely read GEM  (Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO) 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 language they don’t understand.

It doesn’t need explaining perhaps, that being taught by a teacher in a language you don’t speak at home will negatively impact your school performance and test results, but it continues to be a hotly contested topic around the world - as recent headlines from Argentina, India and Uganda illustrate.

Politics and ideology are two reasons the issue is contested, but cost is another. Multilingual teaching, the training needed to support it, and the revision of existing learning materials result in a hefty bill. This is why we should loudly celebrate when countries do make the leap to multilingual schools.

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Wanted: bilingual teachers

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Desperately Wanted: Bilingual Teachers 

 

Published by the Dailytidings, February 25, 2017

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Irish-medium secondary schooling is increasingly popular

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Published by the Irish Times, December 6, 2016

 

Irish-medium secondary schooling is increasingly popular

Benefits of bilingual education include enhanced creative and divergent thinking

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Nicaraguan school builds bridges in Austin

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Published by the Austin Statesman, October 29, 2016

 

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, developed by President Barack Obama to help Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs, launched its first fellowship earlier this month and Austin is among the host cities.

The goal of the program is to empower entrepreneurs to advance their ideas and projects by connecting them with businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S. One of 250 fellows chosen this year, Esther Vargas, co-founder of an eco-friendly bilingual school in Nicaragua, is spending four weeks with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Reading from the same script

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Published by the Bangkok Post, October 2, 2016


Ban Lada is one of 16 schools in the four southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani and Satun which are trialling "mother tongue first bilingual education", a pilot project conducted by Mahidol University.

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Rohkiyoh Abu and her daughter, Afifa. Ms Rohkiyoh hopes that her daughter won't face the challenges she had with learning Thai. PHOTOS: Chumporn Sangvilert
The programme allows Malay-speaking students to learn to read and write first in Malay as a bridge to bilingual literacy.

Thailand's public schools use Thai as the language of instruction since it is used in gross national literacy measurements.

There is no exception for the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, where the Patani Malay dialect is spoken.

The same policy applies in other regions where dialects are spoken.

But unlike the South, they share a similar cultural and linguistic background to people in central Thailand.

Patani Malay, known by Thais as Yawi and colloquially as Jawi, is similar to Malaysian and uses a written script which is a combination of Arabic and Roman (or Rumi).

Educated Muslim parents can tutor their children at home or send them to private schools which conduct lessons in Patani Malay.

Some send their children to pondoks, traditional boarding religious schools where Malay is used and Islamic studies constitute the only curriculum.

However, the Thai-only formal education system does not work well in communities that use ethnic languages.

"The students should learn from their mother tongue to fully receive knowledge," said Suwilai Premsrirat, project director of Patani Malay-Thai Bilingual Education at Mahidol University, who led a research team on bilingual education nine years ago.

Isra Sarntisart, a programme director of the Thailand Research Fund, added, "The Thai-only formal education has also caused the decline in the use of ethnic languages in Thailand."

The aim now is to get Thai Malays to master the Thai language while allowing them to embrace their own. There are several ethnic dialects spoken in different parts of the country, including Miabri in Phrae province and So, or Thavung, in Sakon Nakhon province.

The Thailand Research Fund has sponsored Mahidol University to design the "orthography" for diverse ethnic groups, including Malay-speaking students, so that they can better understand classroom teaching via their own tongue. Orthography is the systematic representation of a language's sounds by written script or symbols. In the projects Mahidol is developing, Thai script is used as the basis to develop the "sound" of the ethnic languages being spoken.

"The results of the students who graduated from bilingual programmes shows the positive result that the students could better interact in the classroom," Ms Suwilai said.

"In the past, some students dared not ask to go to the toilet because they could only seek permission to go out of the classroom in Malay."

The programme received the Unesco King Sejong Literacy Prize 2016 last month as part of International Literacy Day. Ms Suwilai went to Paris to receive the award.

MOTHER TONGUE

Wanna Udomsartsakul, the principal of Ban Lada School, said that the communities surrounding the school are low-income. Some are chilli farmers, while others work low-paid jobs in the city.


BILINGUAL THINKING: Suwilai Premsrirat, project director from Mahidol University.
"When they are at home, they speak Malay. Some parents cannot speak Thai. So when the students come to school and we ask them to speak in Thai, it is not easy."

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Bilingual education works for ethnic minorities

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Published by Vietnam News, September 19, 2016

 

Ethnic minority children’s education has been improved by teaching in both their mother tongues and Vietnamese, research has showed.

Results from the action research on mother tongue-based bilingual education, released on Friday, showed that bilingual education is a feasible approach in Việt Nam.

The multi-ethnic nation has 53 ethnic minorities accounting for about 14 per cent of its population. Ethnic minorities reside mainly in mountainous, remote areas, facing difficulties in socio-economic development and education.

According to the report, students should access education through the language they understand best. When children are mostly guaranteed to be able to attend, their mother tongue should be used as long as possible.

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An alternative to conflict in Thailand through bilingual literacy and education - Malaysia Sun

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Published by the Malaysia Sun, September 1, 2016

 

A bilingual literacy programme aimed at empowerment and reconciliation through education for the minority Patani-Malay community in Thailand has been awarded the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize

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Closer ties boost number of Spanish learners - Xinhua | English.news.cn

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5 things to know about bilingual Indigenous education | CBC News

5 things to know about bilingual Indigenous education | CBC News | Language Education Outside the U.S. | Scoop.it
We want children to succeed and some believe the myth that English language education is the (only) way to get there, but here are five truths that support Indigenous bilingual education.
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UK's Mandarin learners head for top of class in other subjects

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Indigenous Peoples Recover Native Languages in Mexico | Inter Press Service

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Mexico’s Indigenous teachers fight to preserve ancient cultures in math class

Educators collaborating on research project to develop teaching resources that embrace Indigenous students’ first languages
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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 language they don’t understand.

It doesn’t need explaining perhaps, that being taught by a teacher in a language you don’t speak at home will negatively impact your school performance and test results, but it continues to be a hotly contested topic around the world - as recent headlines from Argentina, India and Uganda illustrate.

Politics and ideology are two reasons the issue is contested, but cost is another. Multilingual teaching, the training needed to support it, and the revision of existing learning materials result in a hefty bill. This is why we should loudly celebrate when countries do make the leap to multilingual schools
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Searching Hamilton Public Library for Dual-Language Books - Raise the Hammer

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Published by Raisethehammer, February 24, 2017

 

Raise the Hammer is a group of Hamilton, Ontario citizens who believe in our city's potential and are willing to get involved in making the city a more vibrant, livable, and attractive place to live and work.

 

We are non-partisan and our members come from diverse political backgrounds. Our common interest is revitalizing our city, a goal that benefits everyone.

 

This longish piece drives all the nails in the coffin of monolingualism in, way in.  More importantly, it shows how a community -- Hamilton, Ontario, Canada -- structures its library service systems to empower its multilingual residents.

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Pupils to be taught in mother tongue

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Published by the Daily Nation, December 6, 2016

 

In the proposed structure, pupils will take two years in pre-primary and three years in lower primary schools of mother tongue instruction..

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Bilingual education on the rise in China as parents seek to ready their kids for life in a more globalized atmosphere - Global Times

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Published by the Global Times, October 9, 2016


The demand for bilingual international education has been surging in China in recent years due to the increasing number of Chinese students who want to get a Western education without losing touch with the Chinese language and education curriculum, and expats in China who want their kids to take in the best part of the Chinese education system.

According to a South China Morning Post report in June, the number of international schools in China reached 597 in 2015, surpassing the United Emirates to rank first worldwide.

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[WATCH] Education minister Evarist Bartolo: ‘Bilingualism part of Maltese identity’

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Published by Malta Today, Septemjber 29, 2016

 

Education minister says that exposure to two languages helps children's development and is at the core of Malta's economic success

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Highgate and Unley High School offer bilingual program for students

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Published by ABC Australia, September 19, 2016

 

 Two Adelaide schools have combined to offer a French and English bilingual program to students from reception through to year 12, a first for South Australia.

Highgate School and Unley High School, both in Adelaide's inner-south, would use both the French National and Australian curriculums.

Reception students at Highgate who take up the French program will initially receive 80 per cent of their lessons in French, before it drops back to 50 per cent from Year 3.

They could then choose to continue the bilingual program at nearby Unley High School.

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