Language of Instruction Transitioning in Low-and- Middle Income Countries: An Evidence Synthesis
Date: 15 December 2021
Time: 12.45 – 14.00 GMT
Registration: Free, via Zoom. Please follow this link to register: Registration link
Children across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are learning in bilingual or multilingual educational contexts. In this webinar we will discuss: 1) how can we apply midrange theory to understand the impacts of language of instruction transition choices on student learning outcomes; 2) what the impacts are of mother tongue education on learning outcomes in the mother tongue as well as in a national or later acquired language across contexts; and 3) what are the key ingredients of a successful language of instruction transition program across contexts?
Barbara Trudell has lived and worked in the global South since 1982, first in Peru and then in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research, advocacy and consulting work over that time have focused on empowering minoritized language communities to use their languages for learning and communication. Her particular areas of interest include the links between language, literacy and development, the use of local languages for learning, and community engagement in the development of their own languages. She currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa where she is the director of SIL Africa Learning & Development (https://africa.sil.org).