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DepEd, Intervida tie up to pursue mother tongue education in three Bicol provinces

DepEd, Intervida tie up to pursue mother tongue education in three Bicol provinces

LEGAZPI CITY, April 1 (PNA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) ties up with Intervida Philippines Foundation, a non-government organization from Spain in carrying out a training program on the use of Mother Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) and a child reading program in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon.

The tie-up activity would train over 5,000 Grade One public school teachers in 222 public elementary schools in the three provinces, according to Maria Cristina Baroso, Intervida Project Coordinator.

Baroso, at a recently held planning and consultation meeting held here, said the activity aims to improve the learning and reading comprehension skills of grade one pupils on the use of the Mother Tongue.

MTB-MLE is an educational approach where elementary pupils are taught through the use of local dialect as a medium of instruction. This way, children can freely express their ideas and opinions, Baroso said.

Studies indicate that pupils who are monolingual at the start of schooling found difficulty in following the teacher’s lessons when the latter teaches in English including difficulty in comprehension.

The DepEd study also revealed that this method of teaching led to the low achievement and often in dropping-out of school due to the pupils’ frustration and shame.

With the use of the mother tongue, the study showed that children taught in their local dialect or language outperformed those who were taught in English as language of instruction.

The mother tongue language of instruction in Bicol, would use either Naga or Legazpi Bicol in their medium of instruction in teaching various subjects in schools.

The mother tongue would be used as the language of instruction in teaching Science, Math, English and Makabayan.

At the consultation meeting, Rosalie Romano, Grade 1 teacher at the Pamplona Elementary School in Camarines Sur, said with the use of mother tongue in teaching, her pupils get interested in and enjoy the lessons.

She said with the mother tongue method, 88 percent of her Grade 1 pupils are now readers.

Aside from the mother tongue program, Intervida would also embark on a training program that would improve teachers’ capability in teaching elementary pupils reading proficiency.

The activity have three main actions: Training on library management; workshop on Ready to Read Program which is the implementation of reading remediation for non-readers; read-a-loud sessions for those who have difficulty in comprehension and Project DEAR or Drop Everything and Read; and delivery of reference materials. (PNA)

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