Children at school in Mali, which is among the countries that’s prioritised mother tongue education.
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Over the years, our understanding of how language and learning are linked has shifted and changed. There is ample evidence about the value of mother-tongue-based multilingual education.
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From Jabberwocky to the BFG's gobblefunking, playing with words is the first step to mastering them – not something to be ironed out of teaching.
Learning any language is difficult – even if you already speak a variation of it at home.
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Ugandan children are meant to learn in local mother tongues for their first three years of primary school.
In Uganda, private schools are simply ignoring a policy that calls for pupils to learn in a mother tongue rather than in English for the first three years of their education.
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Pre-service teachers are learning a great deal about their own skills and the challenges of the job through a part of their curriculum that approaches training differently.
Why not use Ali Baba Had a Farm, instead of Old McDonald Had a Farm?
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