ERIC Number: ED218018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Materials Preparation for Use in Bilingual Programs.
Bilingual Resources, v4 n2-3 p28-31 Win-Spr 1981
For many White Mountain Apache children, their first contact with the English language occurs in Head Start and day care programs, thus forcing them to learn to read and write a language they seldom use. This situation led the tribe to develop an Apache bilingual/bicultural program in which an orthography based on the letters of the English alphabet was approved and a Language Committee was instituted to oversee and direct the development of sixth grade level materials. The materials were tested in an experimental course for Apache speakers literate in English during the summer of 1978. The prepared materials' basic plan had a set of 17 progressing lessons and accompanying exercises. The general lesson plan included: (1) review of new words presented in previous lesson; (2) exercise (or sound test); (3) new words using graphemes or digraphs already introduced; (4) exercises; (5) new graphemes or digraphs; and (6) exercises. The children were excited over the prospect of learning to read and write their own language and showed in many ways they felt what they had learned was useful. (ERB)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Apache, Elementary Education, Grade 6, Language Acquisition, Language Experience Approach, Native Language Instruction, Orthographic Symbols, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Written Language
Not available separately; see RC 013 380.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: White Mountain Apache (Tribe)