ERIC Number: ED095073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
A Bilingual Navajo Curriculum Project. Profiles of Promise 16.
Markowitz, Alan; Haley, Frances
Ninety-six percent of the students who enter first grade in the San Juan School District, Blanding, Utah, cannot speak or understand English. They are Navaho and attend school on the Navaho reservation. A unique bilingual Navaho curriculum project has been developed to provide learning materials in the Navaho language to enable the child to learn when he first enters school, regardless of the language he speaks. Using film-strips, cassette recordings, slides, 16 mm films, book illustrations, and the printed word, the project translates the learning materials found in the classroom into the Navaho language. Major objectives of the San Juan Educational Program are to provide instruction in the language the child understands best so that he does not become retarded in the academic areas while learning the common instructional language; build a positive self image of all children; and develop closer communication and understanding between parents and teachers. Evaluation shows that the Navaho children in the program have improved in their reading and in their attitudes toward school. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Languages, American Indians, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Schools, Bilingualism, Cross Cultural Studies, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Programs, Navajo, Reading Programs, Rural Education
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($9.00 for 30 issues)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.