The Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) Program in Northern Isabela, Philippines: Teachers’ Competencies and Pedagogical Practices in Teaching Mother Tongue


The K to 12 Program of the Department of Education in the Philippines was implemented in 2012. Some implications of the K to 12 Program include the following: graduates will be better prepared for higher education; graduates will have a better mastery of basics, and remedial courses will no longer be necessary, graduates will be better prepared for work, thus they can go directly to work. One of features of this program is the Teaching of Mother Tongue and Multilingual Education. The primary purpose of this study is to determine the competencies of teachers in the teaching of mother tongue and/or use of MTB-MLE as medium of instruction. Secondly, it is also aimed to determine the pedagogical practices of teachers in the teaching of MTB-MLE. This paper focused in selected public elementary schools in three municipalities in Northern Isabela in the Cagayan Valley Region namely Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria and Santo Tomas. The study utilized mixed methods, the quantitative and qualitative research designs. Triangulation of data both for method of gathering and sources was used. Document analysis, survey, interview/focus discussion and observation were used as method of gathering data and while sources of information are the administrators, teachers, and students. The results of this study showed that the teachers are satisfactory in their competencies in the teaching of mother tongue/using MTB-MLE as medium of instruction and in their pedagogical practices.

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Eileen Bernardo, Isabela State University, The Philippines
Nilda Aggabao, Isabela State University, The Philippines
Jaine Tarun, Isabela State University, The Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2018
Stream: Primary and secondary education

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