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The objective of this course is to introduce pre-service teachers to techniques and skills of using the mother tongue-based bilingual medium of instruction (MTB-BMoI) in the early years of schooling in Ghana. It focuses on equipping students with the knowledge of the rationale for language policies in education and their effects on learning especially young learners. It exposes students to bilingual education and its types, the theoretical principles that support MTB-BMoI in multilingual societies, and different research works on mother tongue based bilingual education around the world and their connection to the Ghanaian situation. Students will be equipped with the appropriate transitional strategies and skills, the integration of these skills to ensuring learners success in the target language as well as selection of appropriate reading materials for classroom instruction.
Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to improvise bilingual teaching and learning materials for effective instruction. As a result, students will be given bilingual creative writing projects which will be submitted at the end of the semester. The delivery strategies would equip students with the knowledge and skills to ensure the success of all learners by considering inclusivity, equity, gender, etc. in their instruction. Students will be required to bring on board their personal experiences related to topics for discussions. Assessment will be done through quizzes, assignments and examination. The course is designed to meet the following NTS and NTECF requirements (NTS 1a, 1b, 1c, 1e, 1f, 1g: 13; NTS 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f: p.14; NTS 3a, 3c, 3e, 3f, 3g, 3h, 3i, 3j, 3k, 3l, 3o: 15; NTECF bullets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11: 23 and bullets 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11: 42).