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Issues in global literacy: The use of mother tongue instruction in Guatemala and Ethiopia

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In many developing countries, indigenous languages tend to function as a means of communication within one’s region, and between people of the same ethnic or linguistic group. The languages are used at home, and in informal situations, but in many cases are not used in the classroom to help students learn. Yet, research conducted by the Education Quality Improvement program found that in Complementary Education programs where mother tongue was used to help students in early grades learn to read, the students generally reached higher achievement levels than their government school counterparts (DeStefano et. Al, 2006). This presentation will discuss the use of mother tongue instruction in Guatemala and Ethiopia and its possible impact on students’ ability to learn to read. The presenter will discuss the use of mother tongue in the classroom, how language of instruction impacted time use and hence reading instruction for students in grade 3. The discussion will be placed in the context of the time loss and how improved instructional strategies could improve the cost-effectiveness of resource use in these schools.
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Adelman, Elizabeth. "Issues in global literacy: The use of mother tongue instruction in Guatemala and Ethiopia" 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/p486556_index.html>

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Adelman, E. "Issues in global literacy: The use of mother tongue instruction in Guatemala and Ethiopia" 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/p486556_index.html

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Abstract: In many developing countries, indigenous languages tend to function as a means of communication within one’s region, and between people of the same ethnic or linguistic group. The languages are used at home, and in informal situations, but in many cases are not used in the classroom to help students learn. Yet, research conducted by the Education Quality Improvement program found that in Complementary Education programs where mother tongue was used to help students in early grades learn to read, the students generally reached higher achievement levels than their government school counterparts (DeStefano et. Al, 2006). This presentation will discuss the use of mother tongue instruction in Guatemala and Ethiopia and its possible impact on students’ ability to learn to read. The presenter will discuss the use of mother tongue in the classroom, how language of instruction impacted time use and hence reading instruction for students in grade 3. The discussion will be placed in the context of the time loss and how improved instructional strategies could improve the cost-effectiveness of resource use in these schools.


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