SIGNIFICANCE OF MOTHER TONGUE
It I through that language that we develop our thoughts, shape our experience, explore our customs, structure our community, construct our laws, articulate our values and give expression to our hopes and ideas. Mother Tongue is a common language that is freely and comfortably spoken by adult generation both at home and outside to their successor in a community and reflect one’s culture and ethnic backgrounds. They do this by using the language in a way which is characteristic of their group and by which they can be identified. Encouraging young children to learn their Mother Tongue would help them to develop confidence, self-esteem and their unique identity within a multicultural society. It will also provide answers to many of their question such as “Why I have brown skin?”. In an increasingly multi-cultural society, the teaching of migrant language in schools cannot be isolated from the study of the culture of migrant groups. Culture and traditions essentially go hand in hand with language. Language services provided through interpreting and translating, print and electronic media and libraries should be expanded and improved. Learners will develop an understanding of the culture of the mother tongue language and they can use it as base for comparison with other cultures. They will thus develop an appreciation f the validity of different ways of perceiving and encoding experiences and of organizing interpersonal relations to reach a deeper appreciation of their own identity and values. Through Mother Tongue children learn the everyday life pattern of their contemporary age-group, cultural traditional social conventions, historical roots, relationships with other cultures, cultural achievements, current events and regional and geographical concepts, historical evidence of civilization in different countries including their own. Languages is a means of transmitting the cultural traditions of ethnic groups to the second and...
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