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ERIC Number: EJ822970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Bridging the Gap: The Development of Appropriate Educational Strategies for Minority Language Communities in the Philippines
Dekker, Diane; Young, Catherine
Current Issues in Language Planning, v6 n2 p182-199 May 2005
There are more than 6000 languages spoken by the 6 billion people in the world today--however, those languages are not evenly divided among the world's population--over 90% of people globally speak only about 300 majority languages--the remaining 5700 languages being termed "minority languages". These languages represent the ethnolinguistic diversity of our world and the rich cultural heritage embedded within cultural communities. Within the Philippines, language-in-education planning reflects issues associated with the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse nation. This paper examines language policy and planning at national level as it relates to elementary education for ethnolinguistic minorities. It includes a case study of one innovative community based approach being implemented by a northern Philippines language community to provide multilingual education using the first language of the learners as a foundation for quality language education in the national and international prescribed languages of instruction in the Philippines. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines