13 February 2019

Angola: Minister Announces More Investment in Teacher Training

Luanda — Investment in teacher training in a wide range of fields is fundamental for ensuring the student's full development and leading to conscious and perfect bilingualism, said the minister of Education Maria Cândida Teixeira.

The government official made this statement at the opening ceremony of the

teacher training seminar of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP), in the ambit of the "Portuguese as second language programme" that takes place under the motto "Solid foundations, future assured".

These aspirations, although they are a reality in some regions of the member states of the CPLP, are being discussed in the seminar with a view to improving methods and teaching methodologies, to provide efficient service or the adequacy of programmes and school manuals.

The minister affirmed that the study of languages is a complex process that has required the undertaking of linguistic studies, in the most varied domains, such as the training of teachers' specialization in contrastive studies between the Khun language spoken by the Khoisan, the Portuguese Language and the Nganguela Language of Angola.

For the minister, the study of these languages, and their future approach in schools, is a foundation for the permanent exercise of the solidification of democracy and the preservation of peace.

According to the constitutions of democratic states, such as Angola, and taking into account the socio-historical and linguistic context, one must also invest in teaching Portuguese as a second language.

Thus, it is urgent to clarify the concepts of mother tongue and second language, with a view to investing in teacher training in the most appropriate way, promoting equal opportunities, through the school, in relation to the teaching-learning of the official language of the member states, through the investment in differentiated methods, for differentiated public, as a guarantee of the students' academic success.

The seminar that runs until Wednesday in various panels will address topics such as "The role of local culture and cultural exchange in teaching Portuguese as a Second Language in primary education", "The process of acquisition and development of a primary language", "Methods and methodologies for the teaching of Portuguese as a Secondary Language in primary education "," Techniques, instruments and evaluation criteria in the process of language teaching".

The event counts with the participation of teachers and specialists from CPLP.


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