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Who murdered English? (Or why English cannot be our national language)

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(Fourth of a series) Why Filipino and not Pilipino? And why not English? The classic error of the mystery story villain is his insistence that “dead men tell no tales.” So he kills his adversary to silence him. But nothing of the sort happens in the language whodunit of Filipino. As we said in the […]

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Language-in-education row: A ‘bibingka’ solution

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While the language-in-education controversy at the college level is at a cross-point, the lower levels are having troubles of their own. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON

While the language-in-education controversy at the college level is at a cross-point, the lower levels are having troubles of their own.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Language: Math without numbers, systems building without Lego pieces

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We are proposing two core subjects, Wika 1 and 2, in the general education curriculum for college. They deal with language as an integrative system and as a systems-building enterprise; they are not courses for learning Tagalog/Filipino or Philippine literature.

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

A language war in the time of DAP

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Authors are not persuaded by the rationale in removing the Filipino courses in college, and they join the call for its immediate reinstatement in the general curriculum. INQUIRER PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II

Requiring Filipino as a subject and as a language of instruction in college will be good for Philippine education. For this to happen, the reasons given by the pro-Filipino side in this controversy will have to be robust and compelling.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Filipino: A ‘conspiracy’ of non-Tagalogs

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It is not just symbolic that one of the first and major activities lined up by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) for the National Language Month, the National Translation Congress, Aug. 7-9, was held not in “imperial Manila” but at the University of the Philippines-Visayas in the picturesque city of Iloilo.

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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