Mother Tongue / Local Language
The 1995 Constitution of Uganda designates our nation a multilingual society where 65 indigenous languages are spoken.
Until recently when Kiswahili was declared the second official language, English has been the only official language of Uganda. For this reason, English is taught at all levels of education to enable learners develop communication skills while at the same time being able to access information written in English.
Language is a means of communication and one of the most important aspects of identity. Communication skills are a pre-requisite in a knowledge-based society. The purpose of the curriculum for language is to enable the learner become proficient in English, Kiswahili and one of the local languages.
At P4, learners are encouraged to use English as a language of interaction to enable them become more competent and confident when communicating in English. This helps them to improve their comprehension of the vocabulary, structures, and their usage as they move from class to class.
By the end of P7, learners develop competences to enable them interact sustainably with other people both in oral and written forms. Learners are also able to deal with any challenging situations such as discussions, debates, conversations, talk shows as well as following and carrying out instructions.
Effective language teaching calls for active participation using Integrated Approach to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Learners should therefore be given adequate opportunity to practise the vocabulary and structures learnt. Oral work should always be given before written practice. Use of generic methods such as demonstration, discovery, role-play, research, group work and dramatisation is recommended to enhance the full participation of learners.