Mother-tongue education contributes to greater self-confidence

16 November 2017

Our mother-tongue is the language that we have grown up speaking and mastered from early childhood and is the natural instrument of thoughts and communication. Language expert, philosopher and author, Noam Chomsky, beliefs that “mother tongue is the most basic human right”.

Research has shown that mother-tongue education should be applied at least up to the age of 12 years, as learners then participate more actively in class discussions, gain higher self-esteem and greater self-confidence (Bamgbose 2000: 3; Smith 1991: 37; Winebrenner 1996: 79).

Did you know?

  • Mother tongue promotes a positive self-image and builds self-confidence.
  • Mother tongue forms an integral part of an individual’s personal, social and cultural identity. Individuals’ habits, actions, values, virtues, customs and beliefs are influenced by it. Mother-tongue education thus promotes the forming of a learner’s identity.
  • Through mother-tongue education, the youth learn to appreciate their culture and heritage which contributes to a positive self-image and healthy self-confidence which in turn results in more active class participation.

 Also read:

  1. Mother tongue classrooms give a better boost to English study later: Mail&Guardian
  2. Department of Education: The status of language and learning and teaching (LOLT) in South African Schools.
  3. Mother tongue education provides essential basis for sound education: Dr. Michael le Cordeur.
  4. What you should know about mother-tongue education.
  5. Children need to be taught in their mother language. 2014.
  6. The Importance of Mother Tongue Education.
  7. Children Learn Better in Their Mother Tongue. 2014.

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