ERIC Number: ED035882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching English to Speakers of Choctaw, Navajo and Papago; A Contrastive Approach. Indian Education Curriculum Bulletin No. 6 [Part II, English for Speakers of Navajo].
Pedtke, Dorothy A.; Werner, Oswald
This study, prepared especially for teachers in the elementary and secondary schools, provides specific information on some of the main problems that Navajo speakers have in learning English, explains some of the important cultural and linguistic features of the Navajo language that cause learning difficulties for Navajo students of English, and suggests types of exercises suitable for the classroom. The format consists of sections on (1) historical and cultural information about the Navajo people and their understanding of the world around them; (2) the phonology of Navajo compared with English; and (3) several points of the morphology and syntax of Navajo compared with the nearest parallel patterns in English. (The second and third sections are based on theoretical comparisons of the two languages, and on actually observed mistakes in English made by Navajo speakers.) Following the main body of the study are sample words, phrases, and sentences that illustrate the patterns being practiced. This paper, the second of three in the Bureau of Indian Affairs'"Curriculum Bulletin Number 6," includes a preface and introduction by the editors, Sirarpi Ohannessian and William W. Gage of the Center for Applied linguistics, and an appended reference bibliography for the teacher. See related documents AL 002 289 and AL 002 291. (AMM)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Contrastive Linguistics, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Background, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Grammar, Interference (Language), Language Instruction, Navajo, Pattern Drills (Language), Phonology, Pronunciation Instruction, Secondary Education, Teaching Guides
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.