Mother tongue-based multilingual education for Timor-Leste: a new direction for language-in-education

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Caet, Agustinho and Taylor-Leech, Kerry. 2012. "Mother tongue-based multilingual education for Timor-Leste: a new direction for language-in-education ." Leach, Michael, Mendes, Nuno Canas, da Silva, Antero B., Boughton, Bob and Ximenes, Alarico da Costa (ed.) TLSA 2011: 3rd Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference: Communicating New Research on Timor-Leste . Dili, Timor-Leste 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2011 Melbourne, Australia.
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Mother tongue-based multilingual education for Timor-Leste: a new direction for language-in-education

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsCaet, Agustinho (Author) and Taylor-Leech, Kerry (Author)
EditorsLeach, Michael, Mendes, Nuno Canas, da Silva, Antero B., Boughton, Bob and Ximenes, Alarico da Costa
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Communicating New Research on Timor-Leste Conference, Centro Formação João Paulo II, Comoro, Dili, Timor-Leste, 30 June-1 July, 2011.
Number of Pages7
Year2012
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780855908324
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.tlstudies.org/ConferenceEng2011.html
Conference/EventTLSA 2011: 3rd Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference: Communicating New Research on Timor-Leste
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TLSA 2011: 3rd Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference: Communicating New Research on Timor-Leste
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TLSA Communicating New Research On Timor-Leste
Event Date
30 Jun 2011 to end of 01 Jul 2011
Event Location
Dili, Timor-Leste
Abstract

Education policy frameworks to date have mandated the use of the co-official languages, Tetum and Portuguese, as languages of instruction in East Timorese schools. However, low literacy and educational outcomes have prompted the Ministry of Education to form a working group to explore the use of mother tongues as languages of instruction alongside the official languages. The working group advocates the staged introduction of mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) in basic education. It has recently launched a draft policy document outlining the proposed changes, with recommendations for their implementation. This presentation outlines the essential elements of the proposed changes and provides some reasons why MTB-MLE can help achieve universal basic education and literacy for all East Timorese.

KeywordsTimor-Leste; education; national languages; mother tongue-based multilingual education; language policy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390201. Education policy
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
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Paper no. 43;
Copyright 2012 TLSA & the Authors. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsMinistry of Education Youth and Sports, Timor-Leste
Griffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Book TitleNew Research on Timor-Leste: Proceedings of the Communicating New Research on Timor-Leste Conference, Centro Formação João Paulo II, Comoro, Dili, Timor-Leste, 30 June-1 July, 2011
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