ERIC Number: ED030122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Guide for Teachers of English in Kindergartens for Navajo Children.
Saville, Muriel R.
In September 1969 the Bureau of Indian Affairs is instituting a bilingual-bicultural kindergarten program on the Navajo Reservation. A major aim of the program is to develop and implement a curriculum in which Navajo is the primary medium of instruction and English is taught as a second language. While the teaching of English is only one part of the total kindergarten curriculum, it is a part upon which future school achievement and social mobility largely depend. This preliminary guide outlines the distinctive sounds of English which need to be mastered, the basic sentence patterns of the language, and a vocabulary sufficient for classroom procedures and beginning reading texts. The content and ordering of the language lessons are based on a contrastive analysis of Navajo and English, which allows the prediction and description of problems the speakers of one will have in learning the other. This curriculum outline will be the basis of forthcoming teaching materials being prepared by the author. (AMM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. Div. of Curriculum Development and Review.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.