ERIC Number: ED317341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Nehiyawewin Ekwa Nistam Pimacihowin Kiskinohamakewin=Cree Language and Culture Program. ECS-Grade 9. Curricular Program and Guide.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Language Services Branch.
This curriculum guide outlines the Cree Language and Culture Program for grades K-9, developed in cooperation with Cree elders, parents, and community members. Intended primarily for native students, the program may also be taken by any Alberta (Canada) student wishing to study Cree as a second language. Since the tribal elders are inextricably interwoven with Cree knowledge and culture, the classroom teacher must take on an additional role as facilitator for the elders and other native resource people. The program aims to revitalize the educational role of Cree elders, a role essential to the viability of Cree language and culture. The program's cultural component presents Cree culture in four contexts: traditional culture, legends, students' daily routines at home and in school, and contemporary native cultural events and lifestyles. The linguistic component is organized in terms of functions and notions, which are repeated within different cultural themes throughout the year and at each successive level. The bulk of the guide consists of sample sentences that are examples of functions and notions within each cultural context and each developmental level. Where appropriate, examples are given in both Woodlands and Plains Cree dialects. Other sections discuss language development and acquisition, considerations for teaching literacy skills, and the Pentland Cree orthography. Guidelines for student placement, community involvement, and program evaluation are included as well. In addition, the guide presents sample units and lesson plans. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Language Services Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada