Closer to home: how to help schools in low- and middle-income countries respond to children’s language needs

CfBT and Save the Children International.
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47 pp
This guide offers an introduction to the main issues and evidence around school language in multilingual countries, and a brief summary of learning from experience and research.
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Acknowledgements 4 List of key terms 5 Part 1: Overview of challenges and solutions for improving school language 6 1.1. Introduction: finding a better approach to school language 6 1.2. Why a better approach to school language is needed 7 1.3. Analysis: structuring school systems for a multilingual world 10 1.4. Summary: the biggest priorities for action 14 Part 2: Advice for taking action 16 2.1. Building a strong policy foundation 16 Annex 2.1.1. Policy analysis framework 17 2.2. Implementing policy to improve school language 20 2.3. Communicating to gain support for change 23 2.4. Making teaching multilingual 26 2.5. Curriculum and assessment 31 2.6. Supporting children’s literacy 35 Annex 2.6.1. Tools for teaching early literacy 40 2.7. Generating evidence to gain support for multilingual education 41 Bibliography and resources 44
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MLE practice
Language policy
Language planning
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