Cagayan de Oro once again will host a major event. The first ever PHILIPPINE CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ON MOTHER TONGUE-BASED MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION will be held on February 18-20, 2010 at Capitol University.

The event is organized by 170+ Talaytayan MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION (MLE), together with the Department of Education and SIL-International. The conference aims to bring together education stakeholders and advocates of MLE in various areas in the Philippines and in neighboring countries so that they may share with each other the valuable experience and lessons gained in using the L1 in primary education. The strategic plan for implementing Department Order No. 74 (institutionalizing MLE) will be taken up as well.

Plenary Sessions

  • Doing Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MLE) in Mindanao
  • Amianan Experience in MLE
  • Our MLE Tasks until 2015
  • “Teacher, Unsa man ni?” Mother tongue education in the Visayas
  • Language-in-education policy making in the Philippines
  • Cultural Night and Celebration of the International Mother Language Day

Workshop topics

  • Reading, writing and comprehension in the L1
  • Storytelling: from orality to literacy
  • Sounds, words and sentence patterns in Philippine Languages
  • Building oral fluency in the L1 & L2
  • Teaching strategies and methodologies for MLE
  • Re-imagining social studies instruction in basic education
  • MLE materials development and production
  • Teaching science and math in the early grades
  • Language documentation and data preservation
  • Designing an alphabet for written and unwritten languages
  • MLE program planning, evaluation and assessment
  • Bridging L1 to Filipino and English

Paper presentation topics

  • Teaching science, math and social studies thru MLE
  • Developing quality and culturally sensitive MLE materials
  • What makes a Philippine language (and what makes English)?
  • Language documentation and data preservation
  • Case studies in mother tongue instruction in the Philippines and in other countries
  • Sign languages in the Philippines the education of the differently-abled
  • Community-based school management and MLE
  • Endangered languages and their revitalization
  • MLE and Peace Education

Plenary/workshop speakers come from SIL Intl, UNESCO, DepEd, TAP, ADDU, CU, DLSU, MMSU, MSU-IIT, PNU, TAP, UB, UH-Manoa, UP, WVSU and many more.

Conference registration fee is P 3,500. Discounts: 10% for those who pre-register on or before January 29, 2010. Student rates: P1,500 (undergraduate) P2,000 (graduate). For other details email: You may also call 9818500 loc.2294 09228090812 / 09163944870

Conference Steering Committee: Ricardo Nolasco (UP-Linguistics), Lydia Liwanag/Rose Suatengco (PNU), Para Giron/Rose Villaneza (DepEd), Amor de Torres (CU), Francisco Datar (UP-Anthropology); Aurelio Agcaoili (UH-Manoa), Mel Awid (TAP), Tony Igcalinos (UNIDEV), Manny Faelnar (DILA), Greg/Diane Dekker (SIL) and Julian Abuso/Ched Arzadon (UP-Education)

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