Topics: Philippines, Languages of the Philippines, Tagalog language Pages: 2 (602 words) Published: March 27, 2013
Did you ever wonder of what may be the reason behind all the problems that the Philippines is currently encountering? Did you ever think of a reason why there is always a misunderstanding between the government and the people of the State? Did you ever envisage yourself helping our community to become avant-garde and progressive? Well, if you cannot think of a way to help our country and community, the Department of Education has good news for you. Beginning June of last year (2012), they have broadcasted that any of the 12 major local dialects spoken in different regions of the country shall be taught and shall be exercised as a medium in teaching from Kindergarten to Grade 3. This is known as the “Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education” (MTB-MLE). Moreover, this is part of the K+12 Basic Education Reform Program. The 12 dialects that will be used in the said program are Bikol, Chabacano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Iloko, Kapampangan, Maguinadanaoan, Maranao, Pangasinense, Tagalog, Tausug and Waray. The mother tongue of a specific regionwill be used to teach in all learning areas except from Filipino and English. The Filipino will be taught in Grade 1 during its first semester while the English will also be taught in Grade 1, however, it will be in the second semester. With this change, the educators shall create new modules and teaching materials for them to be able to fully apply the said program. I remember when I was in Grade 4. We were not allowed to speak Filipino language. There would always be someone to monitor each of us. In addition, if ever the monitor would catch us speaking Filipino, we would have to do the punishment of writing: “Always Speak English”. And we would be writing it 500 times. I have to admit that it made me a really good speaker of English. However, I did not learn to give importance to my own language. Like what Randy David had said: To speak is to be a member of a community. I have always believed that English is more important...
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