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Friday, June 15, 2012

Benefiting from English

Monday, June 11th was CJ's first day in first grade and the next day I was still on the phone, hungry for updates. My foremost concern was how did he find and take it. Any friends? The first day, I was told, they did mostly orientation stuff. What I liked hearing best of all was that CJ found a friend and behaved just fine.


"Oh, that's good," I said to the Grandma. "Who is that kid?" Like any mom I am interested to know who are my child's friends. CJ's new school friend, I found, is a transferee student from Cebu. "Looks like a smart kid," Grandma observed, "he and CJ hit it off quickly as they have one thing in common - they both speak English."

Apparently, CJ's English language training has benefited him. And I have yet to 'unboggle' my mind about all this talk of local dialects in Philippine schools being adapted as medium of instruction, translations to English, and back to conversational lingo. Sometimes it seems to me Moms have more schoolwork to do than kids.

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6 comments:

  1. Yup! I'm quite surprised with the new curriculum today on pre-elem and elem students about using our local dialects. Now, that I trained my son more with Tagalog and English, he's a bit having a problem with his "mother-tongue" class. But because he's a bright boy I know he will get thru with it. :)

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  2. This local dialect thing used as medium for instruction is still a mind-boggling topic for me. It's ok if Filipino as UPIS uses it but how about Cebuano and other local dialects? Visiting from Mommy Moments. =)

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  3. I also enrolled my classmate in a school that uses English language training, in that way she could communicate well with her Dad. Visiting from Color Connection

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  4. That's awesome sis, am sure CJ will do just fine!

    Thanks for joining Color Connection last week, hope you can join again this week. The linky is up now.

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  5. we use English instruction at home but mainly use Filipino for communication, does that work?

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  6. Yes, Mommy Hazel, you're right! We have more schoolwork to do than our kids. Next week is only my son's second week in school, but we were already given a list of what they will do for the whole week. It seems I won't have time to rest on weekends. Lol!

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