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DepEd issues guidelines for mother tongue teaching

Education Secretary Armin Luistro

Citing studies that say the language used at home is the most effective in teaching, the Department of Education (DepEd) has released guidelines for developing learning materials for schools that prescribe one’s mother tongue as their medium of instruction.

By producing educational materials that suit the specific needs of learners, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said educators would get “better learning outcomes.”

He said the DepEd came up with the guidelines to “synchronize and decentralize the production of ‘indigenized’ teaching and learning materials and the monitoring and evaluation of the DepEd’s mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE).”

“It is the easiest way for children to access the unfamiliar world of school learning,” Luistro said in a statement, citing local and international studies that show the effectivity of using a learner’s mother tongue in teaching.

Educators say students lose interest in learning when the mother tongue is disregarded in favor of an unfamiliar language.

The MTB-MLE program—which bridges the disconnect between the language used at home and at school—is being carried out from preschool up to Grade 3 and in the alternative learning system. Niña Calleja

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  • Anonymous

    another one of them plans that never really seem to achieve anything…

    • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

      another one of them posters that never really seem to think at all

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJVVWKKYLBDDANB57EEXYJIOFA reynaldo

    This is one big leap backwards!!! Whether we like it or not, English is our medium of instruction. Using Filipino or any of the dialects is stupid because none of them is adequate in expressing the  whole thought of instruction. We do not even have the words for such common words as garbage (basura is Spanish and so are such common words as kutsara, tenedor, kutsilyo, kabayo, mesa, baso, etc.)  Have you been greeted Maligayang Kaarawan? Or when you are asked for the price of something do you say tatlumpu’t dalawang piso or thirty-two?

    • http://twitter.com/sandpiper64 tim_batang4

      you just called Japan which is waaaaayyyy ahead of the Philippines in terms of progress and tecnical know how stupid.  along with Japan, you also called Norway stupid and France and Sweden and Germany and Taiwan, Korea and almost every progressive and technologically advanced country stupid.  Oh, yeah, India too, who man to man has more techies and geeks than the Philippines.  None of these countries use English as their medium of instruction, yet please pray tell why except maybe for India, very seldom do their citizens go abroad as domestic this or domestic that ?
      You speak English ?  No. you TALK English but you don’t SPEAK it.  Do you know the difference ?  Look at your tenses and grammar, man.  I wonder if you can even speak Tagalog without just one bit of English, I wonder if you consider kundiman and native dances corny and pang-palabas lamang.  Would you rather go to McDonald’s and eat that freakin’ fried chicken than walk over to the corner for a banana cue ?
      For as far back as I can remember we Filipinos TALKED English but look where we are now, and look where Taiwan is now.
      When I was a teen-ager the South Koreans came to the Philippines to work, the Chinese hawked their siopaos in dirty A-shirts and shorts, and nobody wanted to leave the Philippines to wipe somebody’s kids’ butts, and all the while we talked English, and now decades later we still talk English, couldn’t have a really good president governing, jailed one president, about to jail another, and the main Philippine product is a college graduated domestic helper ?
      Filipinos like you wouldn’t know Great if it were seating across the table from you.
      Get off your high horse, man.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJVVWKKYLBDDANB57EEXYJIOFA reynaldo

    When I was in grade school, we are forbidden to speak Tagalog. If we do, we are fined 10 centavos which is my “baon” already. This is the reason why I can write in English even though I am only a High School graduate. Learning a language should start early in childhood.

  • Anonymous

    why we filipinos in our homeland is so hard headed to follow what is good for oue future. In abroad we filipinos follows the rules and regret that we did not pursued to speak english back home. We are the Philippines human capital earner and we have to pursue to speak english as an asset to ourself.

  • Anonymous

    This is not a good policy. The govt owes to OFW money that accounts 40% of its revenues, and the studies must go towards to that goal. The lack of edu-tools then is the major issue today. we overcome the barriers in using english as the medium of instruction before and why not, when it is most necessary. keep away the nationalistic fervor for it is not the answer to the future.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBTLMT6FG577IDZ66MPJS3TF4Q ace


      kaya nga nauubos magagaling na tao dito kasi marunong sila mag-English. kaya wala tayong asenso kasi maraming mas magaling pa mag-English kesa mag-Filipino (which is OUR national language). pinagkakakitaan tayo ng ibang bansa pero hindi man lang natin nahahalata.

      it isn’t even about nationalistic fervor, its about easing the education system to those who don’t speak an alien tongue.

      • Anonymous

        Hi Ace,

        well, for your own good please study english bec you will not get the success that you deserve today. BPO business is providing an 8BUS$money to the economy today and it uses english speaking Pinoys. There are 15m pinoys that are un-employable today, but still they can speak the tagalog language. however, business will not hire bec the tools, processes, and technology used in the enterprise is using english as a medium of instruction. other tools in providing productivity to business comes from other countries and provided in english. the govt has no money to have a complete translation from english to pilipino or vice-versa today. you are a Filipino, and nothing bothers you to pursue your own freedom of language, but make sure it will bring food to the table. bahala ka at manigas na tunay na Pinoy. maawa ka sa iba at lalo na sa mga OFW, that bring money to the country today.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBTLMT6FG577IDZ66MPJS3TF4Q ace

        so ang sinasabi mo umasa tayo sa trabahong ibibigay ng ibang bansa sa tin? I am not in favor of having millions of OCWs. those with way better economies than the Philippines don’t have OCWs, kung meron man, very little.

        the article isn’t even about learning the English language, its about using the native tongue to teach. don’t you get it?

        most teachers aren’t even qualified to teach in English but they still do it. if they don’t know how to say what they want to teach, how can their students learn?

        no one’s stopping you from studying English.. I even enjoyed studying it.

      • Anonymous

        Hi Ace,

        This country needs the OFW’s money to stay alive and to support the growing population. The OFW money today is almost 20BUS$ amount and that equals to +40%
        of the govt 2012 budget of 45BUS$. Therefore, if the govt will stay afloat today, then it needs more OFW to go-out and find jobs abroad, however social issues are
        existed with this migration, were kids who left behind went into drugs, becoming drop-outs, and do not go to school.
        You & me does not affect anything today on the govt policy, however if we leave them to do of whatever they want to do, then that will be devastating for all of us. It is
        the lack of money from the govt & the people as the main root of this issues.Teachers ability to teach english can be fix if their is enough money for training, but to forget
        of not teaching & giving priority is much more damaging to this future kids. After-all teaching them with Pilipino & translating them to english, is a same banana to make sure
        they learn it.
        Our BPO has never been there on last decade but Pinoys who are good in speaking english are much more appreciated bec of similar diction with the whites of the West countries.
        IT provides 8BUS$ money to the economy today. If we insist that they should
        learn first Pilipino, then English, probably it might be too late for the
        business bec technology changes
        very fast.
        I suggest that your nationalistic fervor should be remove today bec it does
        not help you to stay afloat for the next century. IT likes those Pinoys who
        remove the American bases before
        and now begging to get more support from the USA bec of no armaments to
        fight the China on the issue of Spratlys. before we do not spend a centavo
        in our defense department but
        when they were removed, our budget soars., the govt was Very
        short-sighted and like shooting our own feet!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ok ito sec luistro

    i outsource mo na rin
    sa mga teachers mismo
    ang paggawa ng educational materials
    for extra income
    of course with guidelines

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