PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT: Public consultation on ‘The National Policy for the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language in the Framework of Bilingualism and Plurilingualism’

The Ministry for Education and Employment launched a public consultation on a National Policy for the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language within the Framework of Bilingualism and Plurilingualism.

This policy is based 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 and it is in line with the Education Strategy of the Ministry of Education and Employment, as stated in the Framework for Education Strategy for Malta 2014-2024.

Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo stated that the policy is an important step forward in providing courses in the Maltese language for foreigners residing in Malta.

Minister Bartolo stressed upon the importance of having educational resources in Maltese since Maltese is facing vast challenges within the digital sphere. It is of utmost importance that we thoroughly invest in this field, primarily in having a Maltese spell checker, to make sure the Maltese language remains vividly present in the digital sector.

Permanent Secretary Frank Fabri said that this consultation document about the Maltese language being taught as a foreign language is based upon a European programme which emphasises on learning and assessing languages. This public consultation is open till the end of October and will continue to provide educational programmes.

These documents emphasise the need to strengthen bilingualism in Maltese and English through education. For balanced bilingualism to succeed there needs to be continuity from one scholastic year to another and from one educational cycle to another, as well as in the teaching curriculum and language use.

The National Policy of the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language within the Framework of Bilingualism and Plurilingualism will bind all schools following the National Curriculum Framework to teach Maltese to all their students and meet the national assessment standards as listed in the Learning Outcomes Framework and/or the assessment standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

The policy provides guidelines for the teaching of Maltese as a foreign language to administrators of educational institutions and entities (such as child care centres, kindergarten centres and schools), teacher educators, teachers, parents, students and for whoever offers educational services.

All stakeholders in particular educators, parents and students are invited to provide feedback on this policy till end of October by sending an email to: mflpolicy@gov.mt or by post to The National Policy of the Teaching of Maltese as a Foreign Language Committee, Ministry for Education and Employment, The National Curriculum Centre, Joseph Abela Scolaro Street, Hamrun HMR 1304.

For more information visit http://edu.gov.mt/malteseconsultation

Souce: Governemnt of Malta