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Good Answers to Tough Questions (GATQ) in Mother Tongue–Based Multilingual Education
The idea of using local languages of instruction in the primary grades is catching the interest of governments, donors, and NGOs alike. National-level programs are aiming to develop and implement curriculum for teaching in the languages of the nation rather than international languages. Supported by large education donors, these programs have the scope and the backing to make a significant difference to education quality and access for speakers of the minority languages of the country.
However in the course of implementing mother tongue-based bilingual or multilingual education programs, some important questions are arising. These questions are generally very practical, and are highly relevant to the success of the program. In response to our partners, SIL has developed Good Answers to Tough Questions; this online resource aims to be of help to education practitioners who are experienced in their field, but who have come up against some tough obstacles to implementing MTB-MLE programs in their context.
Download the entire book here. See below to download each question separately.
Trudell, B. and Young, C. (eds.) 2016. Good Answers to Tough Questions in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education. SIL International.
The eight questions addressed are: