LESLLA in Timor-Leste: Progress in adult literacy. Danielle Boon Department of Culture Studies Babylon – Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society. 27-08-2010 LESLLA 2010 Cologne, Germany. BECOMING A NATION OF READERS: Adult Literacy Past and Present in Multilingual Timor-Leste.
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Department of Culture Studies
Babylon – Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society
Sjaak Kroon, Jeanne Kurvers (Tilburg University)
Marilyn Martin-Jones (University of Birmingham)
Aone Van Engelenhoven (Leiden University)
Estêvão Cabral study 1
Danielle Boon study 2
Edegar da Conceição Savio study 3
critical historical study on adult literacy in TL
adult literacy in TL in Tetum and Portuguese
Fataluku language development and adult literacy
This project is funded by NWO/WOTRO
Science for Global Development, under file number W 01.65.315.00.
1. How effective is learning to read and write in Tetum and Portuguese in the available adult literacy programmes and what factors are most important in this respect? What is the impact of learning to read and write on the daily lives of the learners?2. What classroom-based literacy teaching-learning processes are adult literacy learners in Tetum and Portuguese involved in and what ideas guide teachers’ practices?3. What literacy practices and values in Tetum and Portuguese do adult learners draw on in social domains such as work (agriculture, health, shop-keeping etc.), leisure time, church and home?
SURVEY with 400 learners and 50 teachers (11/2009-3/2011)
CASE STUDY on 4 sites (T & P, urban & rural) (2011)
‘Los Hau Bele’ (Cub.)
‘Hakat ba Oin’ & ‘Iha Dalan’
Relatively low educated
Relatively little experience
Lack of teacher training
First language mostly one of the national languages
Weak proficiency in (st.) Tetum writing and in Portuguese
Mostly no classroom available
Often no electricity
Often not enough chairs
Mostly not enough tables
Sometimes not enough notebooks, pencils, etc.
Hardly any reading materials
225 tested in Nov.-Dec. 2009,
(of whom 76 tested again in Feb.-March 2010)
359 tested in July-Aug. 2010
584 in total
322 never had any education and never did a literacy course before
Age: from 7 to 76, 40% younger than 30
Sex: 216 women, 106 men
L1: 9x Tetum, rest another national language
Tetum speaker? 111 no, 211 yes
Filling forms: birth date