Friday, August 21, 2009

[MLE] SEAMEO: "Mother tongue as bridge language of instruction: policies and experiences in Southeast Asia"

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Dear MLE friends,
SEAMEO is the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization. It recently  published a collection of language policies and case studies on mother tongue as bridge language of instruction from the eleven countries in Southeast Asia.  The publication, entitled "Mother tongue as bridge language of instruction: policies and experiences in Southeast Asia" was produced and published in collaboration with the SEAMEO Member Countries. It is stated that the publication is regarded as the most valuable output from the SEAMEO-World Bank Project on Mother Tongue and can be a rich advocacy tool.

The table of content is copied below. More info including the link to download the entire document is here: http://www.seameo.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=404&Itemid=1
Happy reading!
Regards,
Karsten

Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
SIL, South Asia Group.

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Foreword
    Dato’ Dr Ahamad bin Sipon, Director, SEAMEO Secretariat
Chapter 1  Introduction  8
    Kimmo Kosonen and Catherine Young
Chapter 2  Language-in-education policies in   22
      Southeast Asia: an overview
    Kimmo Kosonen
Chapter 3  Various policies in Southeast Asian   44
      countries
  Introduction    44
  The evolution of language-in-education policies   49
  in Brunei Darussalam
    Gary Jones
  Education policies for ethnic minorities in   62
  Cambodia
    Neou Sun
  Regional and local languages as oral languages  69
  of instruction in Indonesia
    Maryanto
  Policies, developments, and challenges in mother   76
  tongue education in Malaysian public schools
    Ramanathan Nagarathinam
  Language-in-education policies and their  84
  implementation in Philippine public schools
    Yolanda S Quijano and Ofelia H Eustaquio
  Language and language-in-education policies  93
  and their implementation in Singapore
    Elizabeth S Pang
  Language policy and practice in public  102
  schools in Thailand
    Busaba Prapasapong
   Language-in-education policies in Vietnam  109
    Bui Thi Ngoc Diep and Bui Van Thanh
Chapter 4  Good practices in mother tongue-first  120
    multilingual education
    Catherine Young
Chapter 5  Case studies from different countries  136
  Introduction    136
  Mandarin as mother tongue in Brunei  139
  Darussalam: a case study
    Debbie GE Ho
  The mother tongue as a bridge language of   148
  instruction in Cambodia
    Un Siren
  A case study on the use of Kadazandusun in   153
  Malaysia
    Sandra Logijin
  The mother tongue as a bridge language of   159
  instruction in two schools in La Paz, Agusan del
  Sur, the Philippines: a case study
    Yolanda S Quijano and Ofelia Eustaquio
  Bilingual literacy for the Pwo-Karen community in   171
  Omkoi District, Chiangmai Province: a case study
  from Thailand
    Wisanee Siltragool, Suchin Petcharugsa & Anong Chouenon
  A mother tongue-based preschool programme   180
  for ethnic minority children in Gia Lai, Vietnam
    Hoang Thi Thu Huong
Chapter 6  The way forward in Southeast Asia:   190
    general recommendations
    Kimmo Kosonen & Catherine Young
References  196
Contributors  207

The publication also includes general recommendations for mother tongue-based education in SEAMEO Member Countries.  It provides insights that may further strengthen each country’s policies concerning language of instruction as a way to achieve Education for All.  The compendium was officially launched during the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference in April 2009 in Phuket, Thailand.
The SEAMEO-led Project dubbed as "Mother Tongue as Bridge Language of Instruction in Southeast Asian Countries: Policy, Strategies and Advocacy" started in July 2007 and winds up in July 2009. It provided opportunity to explore how Southeast Asian countries, through appropriate language policies, can achieve Education for All (EFA) by widening access, reduce repetitions and drop-outs and improve learning outcomes.
An equally important output from the Project is the identification and documentation of several "good functioning" models in the use of mother tongue as bridge language of instruction in Southeast Asia. The sharing of the working models among the SEAMEO Countries led to a proposal to pilot some of the principles of the Pattani Malay-Thai model in some parts of Indonesia.
In an effort to disseminate the gains from the Project, advocacy and presentations were made at various international gatherings such as the Second International Conference on Language in July 2008; SEAMEO Annual Assemblies in 2008 and 2009 including the SEAMEO Council Conference, High Officials Meeting, Centre Directors Meeting, and other forums.
The World Bank provided financial support to the current two-year Project. Meanwhile, some SEAMEO Centres, namely SEAMEO INNOTECH, SEAMEO RELC and SEAMEO SPAFA assisted in various regional activities conducted under the Project. Moreover, various international non-governmental organizations such as SIL International, UNESCO, UNICEF, CARE Cambodia, CARE International, Save the Children and others offered technical assistance.
With the two-year implementation of the Project, significant awareness of the mother tongue issue was raised to a higher level among the SEAMEO Member Countries, partners, and other organizations that have been part of the Project.
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