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ERIC Number: ED094921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 8
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The Student in a Bilingual Classroom.
MacDiarmid, Jim
Both Alaska and the Canadian North are taking a serious look at bilingual education, especially in the primary grades. In the Yupik bilingual program in primary grades, children receive basic instruction in Yupik, with gradually increasing instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL). For instance, in grade 1 students receive ESL instruction for a half-hour twice a day and in grade 2 it is increased to two 45 minute periods a day. Most of the Yupik teachers in the program have had training in basic literacy during the summer months. Additionally, to support these teachers in their programming, the Eskimo Language Workshop (Center for Northern Education, University of Alaska) is continuously developing materials relevant to the primary curriculum. The one area which may require some work in the Yupik Bilingual Program is training in methodology. Since ESL teachers have many needs that are similar to these of the Yupik teachers, they were included in workshops held for Yupik language teachers. Also, it is vital for Yupik and ESL teachers to work as a team so that the ESL section will not be a separate entity from the rest of the child's programming. Certan facets from the Yupik language part of the day can and often should be reflected in the ESL portion. It was noted that the needs of many of the teachers, both Yupik and ESL, are identical to the needs of teachers in the Northwest Territories (Canada). There is a great deal to be learned through communication between teachers in these 2 areas. (KM)
Not available separately, see RC008075
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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