Mother tongue-based bilingual education

definition

Education which starts in the mother tongue and gradually introduces one or more other languages in a structured manner, linked to children’s existing understanding in their first language or mother tongue (Pinnock, 2009: 7).

example of use

Effective mother-tongue-based multilingual education teaches linguistic and communicative competencies that are relevant to African multilingual economies characterised by a small formal economic sector and a large informal sector (Ouane and Glanz, 2010: 17).

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