Timor-Leste: finding appropriate spaces for indigenous vernacular languages in education

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Taylor-Leech, Kerry. 2011. "Timor-Leste: finding appropriate spaces for indigenous vernacular languages in education ." May, Stephen (ed.) 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011). Auckland, New Zealand 22 - 25 Nov 2011 Auckland, New Zealand.
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Timor-Leste: finding appropriate spaces for indigenous vernacular languages in education

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AuthorTaylor-Leech, Kerry
EditorsMay, Stephen
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011)
Year2011
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
Conference/Event3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011)
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3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011)
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International conference on language, education and diversity
Event Date
22 to end of 25 Nov 2011
Event Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract

One of the most controversial challenges facing East Timorese education planners concerns the role of languages in the curriculum. Low literacy levels amongst school children have prompted debates in educational circles about the effectiveness of using a dominant language as sole medium of instruction. In this paper I discuss recent policy initiatives advocating mother tongue-based multilingual education in East Timorese schools. Questions of sustainability and transfer into classroom practice remain critical. The focus of this paper is the means by which appropriate educational spaces can be found and sustained for the indigenous vernacular languages of Timor-Leste.

KeywordsTimor-Leste; language policy; national languages; mother tongue-based multilingual education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440709. Public policy
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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