Use of Cebuano dialect in class to start June 4

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

THE Department of Education (DepEd) Davao Region is all set for the implementation of a mother-tongue based Multi-lingual Education program starting June 4.

Teachers will be using the vernacular dialect during the course of class discussion. In this way, DepEd believes students will have better understanding of the lessons as subjects will be explained in their local dialects.

DepEd-Davao assistant regional director Fe delos Reyes, speaking in Friday's Kapihan sa PIA at Abreeza Mall, said starting the opening of classes next month, they will implement the new program on Grade 1 pupils.

The implementation of this new program is gradual, until they reach Grade 3.

"For Region Davao Region, Cebuano man atong mother-tongue. Cebuano na ang atong gamiton (For those in Davao Region, we will be using Cebuano dialect, since it is our mother-tongue," she said.

"All teachers who will be handling Grade 1 are already trained in time for the opening of classes," she said.

The training for the first batch of teachers started this week and is expected to end on June 3.

After the training, teachers are provided with instructional materials already translated in Cebuano.

She clarified that for English subjects, teachers are required to speak English as a medium but they must as well explain it in Cebuano so that students can better digest what has been taught.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 26, 2012.

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