Education and Language in the Philippines provides a comprehensive overview of the critical role of education and language development in the Philippines. Lorraine Pe Symaco and Francisco P. Dumanig highlight the economic, social, and political factors that led to the complexity of the country’s education system and language policies. In addition, they provide a nuanced discussion of the pressing issues regarding the contextual realities of Philippine education language policies and reforms, the role of multilingual education in learners’ identity formation, and the impact of multi-ethnic teaching approaches. The book emphasizes that in a plurilingual country, social actors contribute in many ways to the changes of language education policy. It explores and discusses how such policies are implemented and results in the development of multilingual education. This book is the first to comprehensively examine the interconnected roles of education and language in the Philippines.
Lorraine Pe Symaco is professor of education at Zhejiang University.
Francisco P. Dumanig is assistant professor of English and TESOL coordinator at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
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"This book provides a clear, comprehensive, and extensive account of the many aspects of education and its development in the Philippines. The focus is particularly on the use and development of language policies—both the use of different languages within educational settings and its importance in an understanding of the different cultures within multi-ethnic and therefore multi-lingual societies or communities.The book is clearly of considerable value not simply to those engaged in the education of students in the Philippines but universally throughout the world for those seeking to understand the increasingly multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic societies in which they learn and live.
I highly recommend this book."