Many children live in families that speak a language other than Swedish at home, and this language becomes the children’s mother tongue. If a child has a mother tongue other than Swedish, the school will offer instruction in that language.
It’s important to feel secure with one’s mother tongue, as this will make it easier to learn a new language.
Mother tongue instsollruction (Modersmålsundervisning) is an independent subject in primary and secondary school. This instruction makes it easier for children to understand and benefit from school, as well as to develop their bilingual identity. It can also help students develop and increase their self-esteem
The mother tongue teacher often comes from the same culture as the children.
Who is entitled to mother tongue instruction?
The Municipality is required to offer mother tongue instruction in a given language if it finds a suitable teacher, and there are at least five students who wish instruction in that language. In order for children and teenagers to attend mother tongue instruction, they must have a basic knowledge of the language, and use it on a daily basis.
A student has the right to mother tongue instruction only in one language, even though two different languages may be spoken at home.