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The National Policy of the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language within the Framework of Bilingualism and Plurilingualism

OPEN CONSULTATION  

  
Mur għall-verżjoni Maltija
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From: Ministry for Education and Employment
​Published: ​5 September 2019
Running till: ​31 October 2019
​Last Updated: ​6 September 2019
1.        Background
 

In recent years, the need for a national policy on the teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language, which includes both children as well as adults, has emerged, due to the substantial advent of foreign persons and families who came to live in Malta. The teaching of Maltese to persons who came to Malta from other countries, and who speak another language or other languages, needs to be implemented in a different way than the teaching of Maltese to Maltese people.

This National Policy of the the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language within the Framework of Bilingualism and Plurilingualism is built on the Language Policy for the Early Years in Malta and Gozo (0-7 years) published by the Ministry for Education and Employment in 2016, and A National Literacy Strategy for All published by the Ministry for Education and Employment in 2014. These documents emphasise the need to strengthen bilingualism in Maltese and English through education (see A National Curriculum Framework for All, published by the Ministry for Education and Employment, 2012). This National Policy of the the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language within the Framework of Bilingualism and Plurilingualism binds all schools following the National Curriculum Framework and all their students.


2.        Consultation Questions
 
    1. Do you agree that there should be a national policy about the teaching of Maltese as a Foreign   Language?
    2. How important do you think it is for whoever lives in Malta to learn how to communicate in  Maltese?
    3. Do you think that Maltese as a Foreign Language should become a mandatory subject in  schools, and that its exam becomes mandatory for a foreigner to work in Malta?​

3.        Documents

 
4.        Submission of input
 
Submissions must be sent in through the following channels:

By email:  mflpolicy@gov.mt
By post:    The National Curriculum Centre, 
                Joseph Abela Scolaro Street, 
                Hamrun HMR 1304

Submissions must be received by 31 October 2019.                               
We thank you in advance for your input.
Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
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