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Dr. Heidi Barcelo Macahilig, Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines member of Division VIII Social Sciences lectures some elementary teachers of Pampanga on early literacy development

A project funded by DOST-National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) that focused on Development and Validation of Wordlists in the Top Seven (7) Mother Tongues Used in the K-3 Curriculum was featured in a lecture-forum on Storytelling and Transition from other Tongues to Second Language in celebration of the National Literacy Week in the month of September.

“Early childhood literacy adds to children’s social growth”. This was the statement of Dr. Heidi Barcelo Macahilig, Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) member of Division VIII Social Sciences who conducted the project.

Based on her study, children who are exposed to early literacy positively affect their social life as they are able to express themselves. But a child who does not socialize with other persons does not often mean he/she is shy, but could also mean that he/she cannot express her/himself.

Dr. Macahilig revealed this during the Lecture-Forum on Storytelling and Transition from other Tongues to Second Language at the Mabalacat Elementary School (MES), Mabalacat, Pampanga on September 27, 2019.

In her lecture, she also emphasized on the importance for children to be literate in a second language and the role of parents and teachers in developing the children’s savviness on non-locale languages.

In the project, Dr. Macahilig collected words from children’s free writing and speech in the seven (7) Philippine languages in the country: Cebuano, Ilokano, Tagalog, Waray, Bikolano, Hiligaynon, and Pampanga’s language, Kapampangan.

The Lecture-Forum was organized by the Mabalacat Elementary School Alumni Association (MESAA), together with DOST-NRCP and Dr. Macahilig for teachers in Pampanga and pupils of MES. The storytelling was led by Dr. Nestor Guzman of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Angeles City and Ms. Romalou T. Dizon of Holy Family Academy.

DOST-NRCP also featured an interactive exhibit where children can look for the translations of a certain word in other tongues/dialects. Moreover, a monograph on the results of the project has been published and given to the teacher-participants.

The Mabalacat Elementary School pupils happily participate in the storytelling of Dr. Nestor Guzman of the Department of Education-Angeles and Ms. Romalou T. Dizon of Holy Family Academy.

 

The DOST-NRCP, together with Dr. Heidi B. Macahilig, present the monograph to Mrs. Diane Hernandez, Principal of Mabalacat Elementary School (MES) and Dr. Angelita D. Romero, MES Alumni Association President.

(Photos: Val A. Zabala, Texts: Jenny Leigh Daquioag-Porca)