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Mother Tongue- Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)

One of the changes in Basic Education Curriculum brought about by the new K-12 program is the introduction of Mother Tongue- Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) specifically in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3 to support the goal of “ Every Child- A- Reader and A –Writer” by Grade 1.”

MTB-MLE refers to “first-language-first” education that is, schooling which begins in the mother tongue and transitions to additional languages particularly Filipino and English. It is meant to address the high functional illiteracy of Filipinos where language plays a significant factor. Since the child’s own language enables her/ him to express him/herself easily, then, there is no fear of making mistakes. It encourages active participation by children in the learning process because they understand what is being discussed and what is being asked of them. They can immediately use their mother tongue to construct and explain their world, articulate their thoughts and add new concepts to what they already know.

Currently, there are twelve (12) major languages or lingua franca that shall be language of instruction. The major languages are a) Tagalog b) Kapampangan c) Pangasinense d) Iloko e) Bikol f) Cebuano g) Hiligaynon h) Waray i) Tausug j) Maguindanaoan k) Maranao; l) Chabacano.

With this challenge posted about MTB- MLE, Capitol University, College of Education plans to institute the MTB-MLE Teacher Development Program through its Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) with focus on teaching reading in the mother tongue and the production of reading materials. Local stories, poems, biographies, folktales, legends, jokes, riddles as well as the traditional oral literature will be put into writing that will become part of the leaching-learning repertoire. The plan is to localize the Cebuano/Visayan materials to Cagayan de Oro context and linguistic use. Next focus will be the...
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