MTB-MLE Short Course 2022

November 7-18, 2022

Guwahati, Assam


Note: the application period is now over and seats are full. If you would like to place your name on the waiting list you may fill still apply. We will review these if / when positions open up. Thank you.

India's National Education Policy (NEP) has recently underscored the essential importance of incorporating a child's mother tongue throughout the early years of schooling. There is therefore a great need for planners and practitioners alike to become familiar with the core concepts of Mother-Tongue Based MLE, and approach to foundational literacy and numeracy which has proven successful in many countries across the world.

During this 10-day, face-to-face course, participants will be introduced to foundational concepts in MLE. They will then survey a number of practical techniques for developing language-sensitive learning materials. Finally, there will be a brief exposure to teaching methods which leverage learner’s home language in the classroom.

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Explain key principles relating to the aims, goals and implementation of strong MTB-MLE programs.

  • Explain key theories relating to teaching and learning in MLE programs

  • Connect theoretical concepts with relevant national/state curriculum competencies

  • Describe how teaching materials support literacy development in L1 and L2

  • Understand the process of creating early teaching materials in the L1

  • Describe effective strategies for acquiring additional languages

  • Begin advocacy for the implementation of strong MTB-MLE programs in their context

This course will be useful for educators from government or private institutions working in linguistically diverse communities. While there is much to learn about MLE, we believe there is value to building relationships with workers from our LEAD Community of Practice network in India, and these relationships may provide opportunities for coaching and mentorships in the future.

The language of instruction will be English, with translations available Assamese as needed. Should other languages be required, we will try to accommodate.

We expect registration will cost approximately Rs. 8,100 plus food and accommodation (Rs.6-8,000 depending on food preferences). Participants are also welcome to arrange their own food and accommodation off campus if they prefer.

Admission Process

1.) Fill out the application

2.) Wait for a response from the Selection Committee.

3.) If accepted, you will be provided a link for registration.

Key Dates

25/Aug-24/Sept - Application period

29/Sept - Announcement of selected applicants

Oct 15 - Registration fees due

Note: this training event is an additional offering through a collaboration of LEAD Asia and the Dept. of Linguistics, GU. It is not a part of the normal degree process at GU.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the appropriate people below.

Thank you for your interest in MTB-MLE!

Course Planning Committee 2022



Dr. Jyotiprakash Tamuli

Professor, Gauhati University


Mrs. Nancy Horo


Registration & Logistics

Mr. Herald F Rajan

Director, SACTS Pvt Ltd

Department of Linguistics

A Community of Practice

Thinkers and doers at the cross-roads of

Language, Education and Development.

South Asia Training & Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd

A Private Consultancy based in Bengaluru, India.