Teaching Learning Materials in a Multilingual Education Programme

Bedamatta, Urmishree (2013) Teaching Learning Materials in a Multilingual Education Programme. Language and Language Teaching, 2 (1). pp. 38-40. ISSN : 2277-307X

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This means that first generation tribal students need to learn to use their mother tongue for academic discourses before moving on to using the school language. In the MLE programme, such TLMs, which call for greater, imaginative use of language, are used only to develop BICS when in fact they can be used to develop CALP as well. Given the kind of TLMs that have been categorized under CALP, it is the teacher who ends up doing all the talking. There is hardly any scope for the children to indulge in ‘academic talk’. Stories, riddles and folk games, if used imaginatively by the teacher, could help initiate BICS and CALP talk simultaneously. Cummins (2008), talks about this simultaneity during his discussion on the evolution of the theoretical constructs of BICS and CALP: “ The initial BICS/CALP distinction was elaborated into two intersecting continua Teaching Learning Materials in a Multilingual Education Programme Urmishree Bedamatta Language and Language Teaching Volume 2 Number 1 January 2013 39 (Cummins, 1981a) that highlighted the range of cognitive demands and contextual support involved in particular language tasks or activities (context-embedded/context-reduced, cognitively undemanding/cognitively demanding) … It was also recognized, however, that these dimensions cannot be specified in absolute terms because what is “context-embedded” or “cognitively demanding” for one learner may not be so for another as a result of differences in internal attributes such as prior knowledge or interest” (Coelho, 2004; Cummins, 1981a, p.74) (my emphasis).

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Bedamatta, Urmishree
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Multilinguality, Multilingual Education, Learning Classrooms
Subjects: Language
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