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ERIC Number: ED053613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-6
Pages: 19
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Bilagaana Bizaad (The English Language): ESL/EFL in a Navajo Bilingual Setting.
Holm, Wayne
To cope with the bilingual education problems in a community such as Rock Point on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, a program has been developed to teach English as a foreign language within a bilingual setting. The goal is coordinate bilingualism in which each language has a separate but equal status, and the program is a "transitional" one in which Navajo is used as a means to enable children to go to school in English. The program involves team-teaching in two languages with the English-language teacher and the Navajo-language teacher conducting activities at opposite ends of the classroom simultaneously, each working with a relatively small group at a time. In the structure recommended for this program, the Navajo-language teachers are in charge and, in the lower grades especially, they teach content. The English-language teacher is teaching a foreign language, and teaching content is second to teaching English. The English teacher's goal is to make it possible for Navajo children to cope successfully with education in English. (VM)
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Note: Paper presented to the Fifth Annual TESOL Convention, New Orleans, La., March 6, 1971