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ERIC Number: EJ1025530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Using Mother Tongues as Building Blocks in Childhood Education
Pandey, Anita
Childhood Education, v90 n1 p61-67 2014
All around the world, communities have been experiencing linguistic erosion in varying degrees, as English usage--and use of other ex-colonial languages, like French in francophone Africa, Spanish in the bulk of Latin America, and Portuguese in Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, and East Timur--steadily surpass local language usage in institutions of power, including schools (Buque, 2013). Parents and other educators tend to believe that English and the other dominant European languages are more prestigious, and will take their children further educationally. Yet, use of the mother tongue (MT) is essential for interpersonal and educational success, particularly in the early years (see also Heugh, 2011; Pandey, 2013a). In celebration of the 2013 International Mother Language Day, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Executive Director, Diane Whitehead (DW), discussed this subject with the author (AP), in the interview presented in this article. The condensed version of their BAM Radio Network exchange is available at Drawing on current research, the author writes that it was intended to be a tribute to the advocacy efforts and sacrifices of individuals all over the globe who celebrate the magic of multilingualism, and who recognize the importance of including heritage languages in early and lifelong schooling and community building.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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