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Language is fundamental to one's identity and to a sense of community and personal value.
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Because the Maasai language is highly tonal, SIL literacy consultant wondered if using music and dancing in teaching reading might make learning to read more fun, and help with the difficult skill of tone recognition.
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What if vital health information was not available in your language?
When a cholera epidemic ravaged many parts of Chad, the Federation of Guera Language Associations produced plastic-coated information posters in several languages.
But not just any test. This test measured the impact that instruction beginning in their mother tongue has had on their learning. Following the assessment of more than 400 students, the test results
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Children were invited to spend a week at a camp, studying and relating to other children in their mother tongue.
This picture demonstrates the obvious joy and enthusiasm that the students have during a lesson presented in Jamaican Creole. This kind of zeal on the part of students indicates that the Bilingual Education Program is doing something right.
One proud CLAVE graduate recently wrote this letter of thanks to her instructors and described how the training she received from CLAVE equipped her for her position as a regional coordinator with the Peruvian National Schools.
She slapped the illustrated poster once more and then turned to her audience. "Flies carry disease...this is one of the reasons why your children get sick." Twenty teachers from eight different Papua New Guinea languages were learning how to produce health-related literacy materials.READ MORE >>
The Ethnologue lists 130 signed languages, but the number of identified sign languages continues to climb with ongoing sociolinguistic survey of Deaf communities around the world.