ERIC Number: ED085363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Choctaw Bilingual Education Program.
Southeastern State Coll., Durant, OK.
In many schools throughout the United States, teachers are baffled by the child who does not know enough English to participate in the classroom, who "just sits there." In some localities the language he hears and speaks at home is an American Indian tongue; in others it is Spanish or Italian or Polish. The Choctaw Bilingual Education Program has concentrated its attention on four Oklahoma schools, in the old Choctaw Nation, where this problem is acute. With the cooperation of administrators and teachers in these schools, of Southeastern State College, and of leaders of the Choctaw community, a system of teacher education has been worked out that brings the Indian child into the mainstream of school life without sacrificing his identity as a Choctaw. The program emphasizes three educational imperatives for Choctaw-speaking children: a) they must have experiences both in and out of school that help them to develop positive self-concepts; b) they must be able to use the Choctaw language as the basic instrument of learning and acquire facility in English as a means of supplementing and extending their learning of Choctaw; c) they must have teachers and classroom aides who understand Choctaw and patterns of Choctaw thought and behavior and who accept these as fully equal to the English language and Anglo-American patterns. (The document contains a program description and teacher handbook.) (JA)
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Authoring Institution: Southeastern State Coll., Durant, OK.