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February 21 International Mother Language Day

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our observable and unobservable heritage. This day promotes mother tongues and encourages linguistic diversity and multilingual education.

International Mother Language Day

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Bianca Koster said:

14 February 2013

At most international schools I have worked students start with their mother tongue lessons in second grade, after they master the beginning of the process of reading and writing in English (instructional language at school). There is a lot of literature out there that supports this philosophy. I do believe that students miss out on a strong mother tongue language development if they start this late, but how to effectively balance the process of reading/writing in various languages without the issue of mixing languages. It's a difficulty, especially in Nursery-Grade 1 where the starting skills of reading and writing are taught. What are your experiences and thoughts about this?

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