1st Edition

Early Childhood Language Education and Literacy Practices in Ethiopia Perspectives from Indigenous Knowledge, Gender and Instructional Practices

    214 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume explores how indigenous knowledges and practices can be instrumental in improving literacy outcomes and teacher development practices in Ethiopia, aiding children’s long-term reading, and learning outcomes.

    The chapters present research from a collaborative project between Ethiopia and Norway and demonstrate how students can be supported to think pragmatically, learn critically and be in possession of the citizenship skills necessary to thrive in a multilingual world. The authors celebrate multilingualism and bring indigenous traditions such as oracy, storytelling, folktales to the fore revealing their positive impact on educational attainment. Addressing issues of language diversity and systematic ignorance of indigenous literacy practices, the book plays a necessary role in introducing Ethiopia’s cultural heritage to the West and, hence, bridges the cultural gaps between the global north and global south.

    Arguably contributing one of the first publications on early literacy in Ethiopian languages, this book will appeal to scholars, researchers and postgraduate students studying the fields of early years literacy and language, indigenous knowledge and applied linguistics more broadly.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Preface Moges Yigezu  1. Introduction: Context for language education in Ethiopia Kassahun Weldemariam, Margareth Sandvik, Moges Yigezu  PART 1: Challenges associated with early reading competencey and teaching practices 2. Challenges of early grade reading competency in Ethiopia: A synthesis of research and experience Abreha Asfaw  3. Induction of beginning teachers in Ethiopian schools with reference to multilingual pre-school programs Moges Yigezu  4. Early grade reading in Ethiopia: Phonological awareness in grade 1 textbook: the case of Koorete language Samuel Zinabu Haile and Binyam Sisay Mendisu  PART 2: Indigenous literacy practices 5. The contribution of Nibab-Bet (School of Reading) for modern schooling: The perspectives of educated Ethiopians studied in traditional and modern schools Woube Kassaye  6. Reading instructions in the schools of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC) Moges Yigezu  7. Teacher training, development and mentorship practices in the ETOC schools Moges Yigezu and Binyam Sisay Mendisu PART 3: Language development: Instructional and pedagogical relevance 8: Metaphor as a pedagogical tool in Anywaa Okello Ojhu Ogud and Baye Yimam  9. Gendered expressions in some Ethiopian languages Baye Yimam  10. The prevalence of gender bias in early childhood English and Amharic language textbooks Abebech Gutema Murra  Postscript Baye Yimam



    Kassahun Weldemariam is Senior Lecturer, PhD in pedagogical work, Department of Pedagogy, Curriculum and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Margareth Sandvik is Professor of Norwegian Didactics, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

    Moges Yigezu is Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.