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Language and early grades literacy acquisition in Nepal

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Nepal, a country with 102 spoken languages, has committed to strengthen the use of children’s mother tongue in its School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP). However, children who speak non-dominant languages continue to struggle with their literacy acquisition and learning.

Save the Children's Literacy Boost program began implementation in Kailali, a district in the far-western region of Nepal, in April 2009, and sought to improve the availability of materials in both Tharu and Nepali languages, provide opportunities for children to practice reading in fun and motivating ways, and train teachers in strategies for early literacy instruction. The intervention was spurred by an earlier research finding which showed Tharu children lagging behind their Nepali-speaking counterparts on key literacy outcomes. After a year of implementation, end-of-year assessments showed that all children who participated in Literacy Boost posted higher gains in their reading scores when compared to comparison schools. However, when comparing Nepali and non-Nepali speaking children, results also showed that Nepali speakers continued to outpace their non-Nepali speaking counterparts on key reading skills such as single word reading, fluency and comprehension.

This presentation will discuss the Literacy Boost findings in relation to children’s home language and literacy contexts, detail Save the Children’s initial attempts to strengthen local language literacy via Literacy Boost, and outline additional plans to further strengthen Save the Children’s efforts to bridge the gap between Nepali speakers and non-Nepali/second language learners.
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Pinto, Christabel. "Language and early grades literacy acquisition in Nepal" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486172_index.html>

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Pinto, C. "Language and early grades literacy acquisition in Nepal" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486172_index.html

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Abstract: Nepal, a country with 102 spoken languages, has committed to strengthen the use of children’s mother tongue in its School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP). However, children who speak non-dominant languages continue to struggle with their literacy acquisition and learning.

Save the Children's Literacy Boost program began implementation in Kailali, a district in the far-western region of Nepal, in April 2009, and sought to improve the availability of materials in both Tharu and Nepali languages, provide opportunities for children to practice reading in fun and motivating ways, and train teachers in strategies for early literacy instruction. The intervention was spurred by an earlier research finding which showed Tharu children lagging behind their Nepali-speaking counterparts on key literacy outcomes. After a year of implementation, end-of-year assessments showed that all children who participated in Literacy Boost posted higher gains in their reading scores when compared to comparison schools. However, when comparing Nepali and non-Nepali speaking children, results also showed that Nepali speakers continued to outpace their non-Nepali speaking counterparts on key reading skills such as single word reading, fluency and comprehension.

This presentation will discuss the Literacy Boost findings in relation to children’s home language and literacy contexts, detail Save the Children’s initial attempts to strengthen local language literacy via Literacy Boost, and outline additional plans to further strengthen Save the Children’s efforts to bridge the gap between Nepali speakers and non-Nepali/second language learners.


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