First language: a foundation for effective basic education

Statement of Responsibility:
Young, Catherine
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Date:
2003
Part Of Series:
Philippine Journal of Linguistics 34(1)
Extent:
pages 123-131
Abstract:
Many Filipino children begin their education in a language they do not speak or understand as well as their first language. In this setting, only the learners' first language can provide the kind of bridge to a personal identity that incorporates both an ethnic and a national dimension. A technical model of literacy acquisition that emphasizes literacy primarily as an economic skill for use in the workplace cannot achieve the 1987 policy goals. Rather, an alternative, ideological model of literacy is proposed that develops the critical thinking of the students. builds cognitive and affective domains and values their local language and culture Thus, by 'first establishing the empowering role of language in the social system of the students'community, a foundation is laid for the expansion of the students' identity to include their role in the larger national and international contexts.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Philippines
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Subject:
culture
Education
first language
Language acquisition
materials development
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Entry Number:
4791