ERIC Number: ED348658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
"Dem Wod Mo Saf": Materials for Reading Creole English.
As part of a study that sought ways to improve the language arts educational experience for Grenadian children, an anthropologist investigated how Carriacou Creole English (CCE) reading materials could be provided and how these children would react to them. CCE is the native language of the inhabitants of Carriacou, a sister island of Grenada. The anthropologist rejected traditional orthography and eye dialect in favor of a morphophonemic spelling system for CCE that would really make it look like a different language. The first exposure the children had to their native language in written form was a primer that used simple line drawings to illustrate sample words. Various language experience texts were gathered from the children and used in the classroom. At the end of the first term, stories and other texts were collected into a reader. The orthography also worked well with children who were already literate CCE speakers. After a coup and the invasion of Grenada by the United States, the anthropologist returned with further reading materials. The power of the materials was demonstrated over and over again. The enjoyment demonstrated by the children as they read their native language suggests that reading CCE would enhance the language arts programs in Creole speaking territories by making schooling a more positive experience for them. (Four figures illustrating aspects of CCE are included; 15 references, sample pages and stories from the reader, a word recognition test, and a phonics drill are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English (Carriacou Creole); Grenada
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on World Englishes Today (Urbana, IL, April 2-4, 1992).