New grammar guidelines for Filipino language sought

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THE Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is seeking inputs for developing the grammar guidelines for Filipino, the country’s national language.

With this aim, the KWF has set this year’s Pambansang Kongreso sa Wika (National Language Congress) on Aug. 2-4 in Metro Manila.

KWF language researcher Jeslie del Ayre said the national language’s present guidelines are still based on famed Filipino writer Lope K. Santos’ Tagalog-oriented book “Balarila ng Wikang Pambansa”.

The KWF’s forerunner, the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa, published the book in 1939.

Formed in 1991, the KWF is the government agency tasked to promote Philippine languages.

The KWF identifies Tagalog, Bikol, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Pampanggo, Pangasinan, Sebwano, and Waray as the country’s major languages.

The 1987 Constitution provides that as Filipino evolves, “it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages”.

For the congress, del Ayre said the KWF aims to gather about 400 participants, mainly from the academe.

Earlier, the KWF said among the topics for discussion in the congress are language study disciplines and teaching Filipino grammar at the elementary, high school, and collegiate levels.

The congress will also look into Filipino grammar in the K-12 program’s curriculum.

K-12 covers kindergarten and 12 years of basic education – six years of primary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school.

The government said the program aims to provide students ample time to master concepts and skills, preparing graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

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