This course is designed as an introduction to the concepts and practice of mother tongue-based multilingual education (MT-based MLE). Participants are expected to have completed iDELTA Literacy I and Literacy II courses and to be enrolled in the Orthography course.
Upon completion of this course, students will:
- Give a short presentation advocating for MLE in the contexts in which they work.
- Understand the theories of bilingualism, language acquisition and cognition as they apply to MLE programs.
- Summarize the aspects of curriculum development, materials development and teacher training as they apply to an MLE program in their context.
- Explain the concept of a “good bridge” from mother tongue to another language.
- Prepare a first draft of a comprehensive program plan for the timing and coordination of the elements necessary to implement an MLE program.
- Advocacy and Language policy
- Learning theories
- Curriculum development
- Materials development
- L1 learning and bridge to L2
- Teacher training
- Programme planning
- Monitoring and evaluation