ERIC Number: ED027545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Planning Conference for a Bilingual Kindergarten Program for Navajo Children, Conclusions and Recommendations, October 11-12, 1968.
This report summarizes a meeting sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and carried out by the Center for Applied Linguistics to outline a bilingual kindergarten program in which Navajo would be the main medium for kindergarten activities, with oral English introduced as a subject. The meeting was the direct outcome of the recommendations of "The Study of the Problems of Teaching English to American Indians" conducted by the CAL and sponsored by the BIA in 1967. (See ED 014 727.) Agreed on were (1) the endorsement of the concept of bilingual kindergartens for Navajo children; (2) the vital importance of involving Navajo parents and community; (3) the need for general information on bilingual education; (4) the teaching of Navajo culture in the kindergarten; and (5) the necessity for listing English structures and vocabulary items to be covered during the kindergarten year, indicating phonological, morphological, and syntactic problems of interference from Navajo. Least agreement was on how to teach English at kindergarten level (a "play" approach using songs, games, and other activities, vs. more formal instruction using linguistically structured materials). It was suggested that several models be worked out, offering alternative approaches. Recommendations concerning general policy, the bilingual curriculum, and the preparation of teachers are presented. (AMM)
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.