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English Language in Philippine Education: Themes and Variations in Policy, Practice, Pedagogy and Research

AUTHOR : Grace Shangkuan Koo

INFORMATION : page. 19~33 / 2008 Vol.2 No.1


In this paper I will present a brief historical background of the educational systems in the Philippines and the language policies from the time of the Spanish Colonization to the present. This will lead to a brief analysis of the recurring themes in the perennial debates over English versus Pilipino. Then I will describe the current pedagogies of teaching English in the early grades of Philippine schools. A brief review of current research studies on bilingual education will follow. And finally, I will narrate how three generations of a Chinese-Filipino family had learned English, Chinese, and Pilipino and how they fare in the three languages.

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Background of Language Policies in Schools at Different Periods of Philippine History

Debates over Languages

Pedagogy of Teaching English in the early Grades

Research Studies on Bilingual Education

Socio-economic-cultural Realities in Learning and Teaching English

A Case Narrative: English Proficiency in 3 Generations of a Chinese-filipino Family


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