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WIKA’Y GALING! was developed to address the needs of students who are having difficulty in Filipino. Students who have trouble in the Filipino subject at school often have gaps in their foundational skills. Because students need to keep up with the school curriculum, these gaps often go unresolved. Our Filipino program begins by filling in the gaps to ensure that students are equipped to tackle more difficult text. The goal is to ensure that foundational language skills are adequate enough to support the learning that happens in the classroom.
Learning a language is a process that requires repeated, daily exposure: it requires the long-term commitment of parents and students. To achieve success in this program, it is important for parents to continue support to their child’s learning at home.
When will your child begin to speak in Filipino? If your child’s first language is English, then it will take time for them to begin speaking in Filipino. In fact, they may continue to not speak it at all. This, however, does not mean that they are not learning. The ability to comprehend in a second language is not always measured by a child’s capacity to use the language in their day to day communication. What parents can look out for is their child’s growing capacity to understand what they hear and what they read. Learning may also be seen in the attempts to use the language on their own – through speaking or writing. They may also show more interest in the culture, specifically through questions they ask in the stories that you read, as the time progresses.
Reading comprehension begins with a solid foundation in language. The Beginning Filipino workshop exposes non-readers to songs, stories and vocabulary words that will help develop confidence in Filipino. In this workshop, young children will be introduced to simple phrases and sentences in the mother tongue. The goal of this workshop is to make Filipino less threatening. A child who likes what he is learning will learn faster.
To benefit from the program, parents need to ensure that their children are still exposed to the language at home. While they are not expected to teach specific concepts, parents should read Filipino stories aloud to their children. To encourage them to speak, parents should insert phrases and short sentences in Filipino in their conversations with their children.
The first 10 levels of the Wika’y Galing! program are the levels where many readers begin. It tackles thematic vocabulary and basic Filipino grammar concepts. These sessions are meant to reinforce your child’s knowledge of the language.
To support learning, students are given speaking practice sheets at home in addition to worksheets that they need to answer. These worksheets are easy and may be done independently. Parents should also continue reading aloud to their students at home in order to widen the exposure their child has in Filipino.
We teach a variety of reading strategies to help students become independent readers in Filipino. We explicitly teach strategies so they know how to apply these given a narrative or informative text. Through scaffolding, we teach by introducing the strategy, modeling it, doing guided practice and letting them do independent work. We strengthen their reading comprehension by making sure that they are fluent, know enough vocabulary, and know how to read well with prosody. We also enhance written expression by giving different written post-reading activities. It is also in these levels that students tackle Filipino classics (Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo).
At home, students are given different graphic organizers based on their weekly stories. They will bring home a chosen book and apply what they have learned in the center in answering the graphic organizer.
In the last 10 levels, the program enriches children’s reading experience by enabling them to share their thoughts and ideas in written form. The mentor texts are used as a springboard for the writing lesson. Students are given texts to read first so that they know what kind of writing is expected of them. The teacher and the student analyze the mentor text to know which components are needed to write a similar essay. Teachers guide students in their writing by modeling how to organize their thoughts before writing their first draft. Students are given lessons on sentence conventions, construction and word choice.
At home, students will be given topics to write about which is similar to their writing task in their reading center. Writing needs constant practice to improve.
The Wika'y Galing! program is P 2,500 per month. The fee is inclusive of book-borrowing privileges.