ERIC Number: ED248076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
A Long Time Ago There Was a Marvelous Canyon: Energizing Language Acquisition.
Boloz, Sigmund A.; Loughrin, Patricia L.
The Shared Responsibility Model (SRM), a language process model that has been used effectively in classrooms that serve limited and proficient English speakers interacting within the same environment, can be utilized with Navajo children. SRM's philosophy recognizes that students learn and retain vocabulary most effectively when they: (1) learn vocabulary actively, as that language meets their needs; (2) share that language in real situations; (3) work with words that are important to them; (4) practice words in low-risk situations; and (5) approach language literacy holistically. Since students must have the opportunity to use the vocabulary purposefully, daily classes must be shifted from teacher-dominated environments to student-oriented settings; SRM utilizes students' strengths as the center of instruction. In writing, SRM encourages students to maintain ownership of the piece, provides purposeful writing experiences which have real audiences, and emphasizes quality and not just quantity. The majority of in-class time is used for drafting, revising, and editing. To foster an interest in reading and to develop comprehension, SRM emphasizes the relevance of materials by utilizing traditional English curriculum objectives and non-traditional classroom materials. For example, texts for junior high Navajo students might include stories from the Long Walk period, coyote stories, or student-produced materials. (ERB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Navajo (Nation); Shared Responsibility Model