Friday, July 29, 2011

[MLE] International Consultative Meet on MLE; Mysore, 19th - 21st September 2011.

Dear MLE friends,

Good news: an MLE conference in India! The
National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium (NMRC) of JNU will hold an International Consultative Meet on MLE in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO, CIIL and other organisations, from 19th - 21st September 2011, in CIIL (Mysore).

The seven page concept note on "MOTHER TONGUE BASED MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION: FRAMEWORK, STRATEGIES AND IMPLEMENTATION" is worth reading. It gives an overview of what is going on in India, also paints the picture of the activities in the neighbouring countries and notes the trends.

Below are the are more details on the conference.


Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.

SIL, South Asia Group
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Conference Content Details


1. Taking stock of MLE programs in India:

a. Program/outcome evaluation of MLE in India (including NMRC Longitudinal Study Report & report on MLE+ program)
b. Reflections on the nature of MLE programs (Timing & duration of MT/L1, L2, L3 etc); early-exit vs. late-exit & other issues (keeping in view the international findings (such as in Ethiopia; Heugh & Skutnabb-Kangas, 2010)
c. Policy & implementation issues; MLE and India’s Right to Education Act 2010 (with its objective of free and compulsory education for ALL, minimum quality assurance and its provision for education in mother tongue “as far as practicable”)

2. Issues in extension of current model of MLE:

a. MLE for linguistically diverse & multiple MT classrooms (majority of the classrooms have multiple MTs; some states like Jharkhand would like to try MLE only for such multilingual classrooms which are the modal patterns)
b. Capacity building issues (meeting the requirement for a large number of trained MLE teachers; in some cases since required number of teachers are unavailable from within a language community alternative approaches have to be thought of), Training Strategies and Details

3. Pedagogic Issues:

a. Issues in Language Teaching in multilingual contexts
b. Teaching of MT and L2 (regional dominant language)
c. Teaching of English: multilingual strategies
d. Pedagogic strategies for teaching of Mathematics and Science


The consultative workshop can be held for 3 days during September 6 - 8, 2011.


NMRC, UNICEF, CIIL, NCERT, JNU, UNESCO, AIISH (Mysore), Univ. of Mysore (UNESCO, NCERT, AIISH, Univ. of Mysore to be contacted for collaboration)


CIIL, Mysore has expressed its willingness to collaborate with NMRC in hosting the Workshop in Mysore.


1. To take stock of the developments in the field of MLE in India and facilitate integration of MLE theory, Practice, Research and International experience with the National initiatives in India.
2. To discuss and evolve strategies for capacity building and training for MLE in India.
3. Developing a model of MLE for linguistically diverse and multiple mother tongue classrooms.
4. To recommend strategies for MLE pedagogy including Multilingual transition plan, exit from Mother tongue and introduction of English and other languages in light of the International experiences and major research findings.
5. To bring into focus state of the art pedagogic practices in MLE in respect of diverse cultural and community practices, linguistic variations and orthographic issues etc based on international practices and research evidence and to link MLE pedagogy to all the subject areas in school curriculum and to the NCF 2005.
6. To recommend initiative for development MLE policy and practice framework and advocacy strategies for promotion of MLE in India 7. To develop a network of National and International resources, organizations, Professionals and Practitioners of MLE for Promotion of MLE objectives.

Expected Outcomes

1. Outline of a plan for capacity building, training and development of training resources for MLE.
2. Recommendations regarding scheduling of MT, L1, L2 etc. in MLE framework in India, strategies for linking languages in MLE programme and points of introduction of languages like English and continuation of MT as a medium of teaching and as a language subject.
3. Recommendations regarding specific action plans and strategies for extension and suitable applications of MLE practices for the common classroom scenario in India with simultaneous presence of multiple languages (Mother tongues) within the classroom.
4. Recommendations of specific Pedagogic strategies for MLE classroom transitions, teaching learning practices, and TLM for a. Focused cultural practice based pedagogy, b. Linking linguistic (and orthographic) community practices to classroom practices, c. Extending good MLE practices to teaching of Mathematics and science and other school subjects
5. Recommendations for evolution of a long term framework for MLE policy practice and advocacy NMRC: February 2011

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