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ERIC Number: ED263745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Bilingual Framework in American Samoa 1980-1985.
Chun, Trudie Iuli
Bilingual education in American Samoa is hampered by several factors: lack of native language materials, inconsistent support for materials and program development, the prominence of English in the modern culture, and teacher discomfort with teaching in Samoan. In the process of developing curriculum and materials, the existing materials were sorted out and a core curriculum was outlined. The provision of a Samoan Language Arts period in the school schedule aided in program development and gave legitimacy to the subject matter. An instructional schedule gradually introducing English was developed for the elementary and secondary grades, but it was discovered that while the teachers were speaking in English, students were continuing to speak mostly in Samoan. Although a full language maintenance program is the objective, the reality is that the program is transitional. Some additional work is being undertaken in developing science materials in Samoan. The next steps to be taken include mandating a language policy, encouraging those outside of curriculum development to write materials, refining existing materials, providing a Samoan language teaching component in local capacity building efforts, and setting up a language commission. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa