On the 13th of August, Et4d participated to the 8th Pan African Reading for All (parfa) conference in Nairobi Kenya, an event supported by the International Reading Association. Ronda Zelezny Green represented Et4d and presented a paper on Mobile for Literacy in Mother Tongue Languages, which was very well received by the audience.
First Ronda Zelezny Green briefly summarized the reasons why teaching reading in mother tongue can improve academic results and pursued on how technology can help enable children to acquire literacy skills.
Then she shared with the audience the newly developed Smart4Kids app in Khmer, which demonstrates that there is a way to successfully create digital literacy tools for all. This can be achieved by using digital educational tools which can be customized to local linguistic specificities, therefore enabling the production of effective learning materials at a low cost in mother tongue.
But one of the keys to success in creating a tool which can be used for any language is to choose a pedagogy which can be suitable for most languages. In our case, we have chosen a phonics approach which is based on materials and activities modeled after the ‘Big Five’ focus areas recommended by the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
At Et4d we believe that digital devices have the power to transform education in the field of literacy, especially for speakers of languages other than English.
CHECK OUR PAPER: Mobile for Literacy in Mother Tongue Languages