Marshall (2009). Technical Findings of MoEST Principles, Practice and Planning of Multilingual Education Workshop, 23rd Nov – 3rd Dec 2007
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The workshop involved a lot group work with participants mainly working together with people from the same State to analyze their situation at the State level. A few assignments were also done in language related groups. Most participants engaged well with the course and with the group work. Whilst some participants were extremely able and coped well with the high academic content of the workshop, others struggled as the sessions were delivered in English. During the group work, participants could use their languages of choice, which helped those with less English skills to grasp more through discussion with their colleagues. The group work was collected together after each assignment and typed up by the facilitators, so that an electronic copy of the work could be kept by MoEST, SIL and also distributed back to the States. Each State group kept a folder with the handwritten copies of these. Each collection of write-ups are titled 'State Write-up of Group Work for Principles, Practice and Planning of MLE Workshop’. For the purpose of brevity in this report they are referred to collectively as the ‘State Write-ups’. These write-ups are a significant part of the input for the technical report. Note, as there was limited time in the workshop (in fact the workshop was shortened by two days compared with the original plan) the write-ups done should not be taken as complete pieces of work, but as good starting drafts for further development.