Archive for the ‘Philippines’ Category

Education – few resources, too many children

7 May 2013

Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido and Christopher Bernido had the problem of trying to run a school with too many students and not enough resources.

Their solution: Have the students compile their own “textbooks” from generic worksheets they use to record what they learn about topics. As shown in “An Innovative Program in the Philippines” on Asian Insight (primarily in Japanese), the teacher provides the topic and the main points and allows the students to explore themselves.

Hosted at the Central Visayan Institute Foundation on Bohol island in the Philippines, their Dynamic Learning Program has turned out top scholars who go on to attend university in Manila.

Read more in the articles “Poverty not an excuse for lag in science, math” and “Essentials versus Peripherals: Our Experience in Basic Education.”

Perhaps there is a way this can be combined with Where Are Your Keys? for higher language learning efficiency.

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Local languages make headway against Filipino, English

11 May 2012

The Ethnologue lists 175 languages for the Philippines, including English (3.4 mil speakers in 2000) and Filipino (fil), the modified form of Tagalog used as an official language alongside English.

According to “Long odyssey to save Philippine languages,” one of the many languages struggling in the island nation is Ayta Magindi or Mag-indi (blx), a language reported by the Ethnologue as having 5,000 speakers and rising as of 1998. The article claims a mere 3,000 tribal members. Elder Arnel Valencia tells how he was humiliated as a child in school, where only English and Filipino were acceptable.

With the new school year beginning next month, 12 local languages will be taught in schools, as a result of a program launched by linguist Diane Dekker in 1987. The results of that program showed that children performed better in students if they were provided with instruction in their native tongue.

According to “Good or not? DepEd to use 12 languages for June classes,” this move by the Department of Education is part of the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education program, and the languages are:

The hope is that implementation of this program will be successful and lead to implementation in more languages.