ERIC Number: ED193920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Writing in Recently Alphabetized Languages.
The teaching of writing in the American Indian-English bilingual classroom is hampered in that most Amerindian languages have only recently been alphabetized. There are two problems: (1) What standard or orthography will be adopted? (2) What standards of style will be developed? Usually, there are several different writing systems for any one Amerindian language, and it will be up to the schools to develop standards of spelling and punctuation. The second problem is more closely related to the bilingual education issue. Given the lack of literature in Amerindian languages, a model for developing writing style in a native language is needed. In an ideal bilingual education system, the child learns all cognitive skills, including writing, in the native language while studying English as a second language. Eventually, the skills developed in the native language can be transferred to English. The positive reinforcement of the native language can also promote the child's self-image as a speaker of it. The lack of materials in American Indian languages makes this difficult, but it is felt that the children themselves will eventually determine, through their output, acceptable writing style in their native tongues. English writing style would then be taught separately. (PJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the ESL Section of the Annual Conference of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (12th, May 1979).