Mother Tongue Education


Crisfield Educational Consulting for Mother Tongue Education

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
– Nelson Mandela

Every child arrives at school with a “Mother Tongue” and sometimes a “Father Tongue” as well. These languages are a fundamental part of a child’s identity, and every child has the right to have their home language(s) embraced, valued, supported, at school. No matter how minor their language, or the status of the language in the community, these languages represent an integral part of a child, and must not be side-lined, neglected or stamped out. Research shows clearly the value of MT/L1 sustainability and the overall benefits to the academic, cognitive, linguistic and social growth of children. Schools who welcome children from other language backgrounds have a duty and a responsibility to ensure that each pupil continues to develop in all their languages. Mother Tongue tuition is one pathway to this goal, but there are many ways in which schools can promote positive models of bilingualism and encourage all pupils to thrive because of their languages rather than in spite of their languages.

CEC works with schools to promote additive bilingualism and to help develop a “languages across the curriculum” model, in which all languages can be and are used for learning in schools.

CEC also works in partnership with LanguageOne to provide teacher-training, parent-training, and collaborative curriculum models for Mother Tongue Support in schools, worldwide.

For more information on LanguageOne’s Mother Tongue programming, visit their website through the link below.



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