ERIC Number: ED346211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Haitian Voices: Considerations for the Classroom Teacher.
Rorro, Gilda L.
This guide for classroom teachers is intended to increase their awareness of Haitian culture, the Haitian educational system, and Haitian Creole language. This document was adapted from the doctoral dissertation "Academic Achievement of Haitian Limited English Proficient Student in New Jersey Public High Schools" (G. L. Rorro) at Rutgers University in New Brunswick (New Jersey). An opening section contains a foreword, entries from an administrator of Bilingual-English As a Second Language and Foreign Languages, a note from a Haitian American teacher of Haitian American students, a description of the publication's purpose, and a glossary of key terms. Section I describes education in Haiti including a review of the development of that educational system, its role, influences on its development, the current level of educational resources and staff in Haiti, types of schools, higher education, and recent moves toward modernization and reform. Section II describes significant differences between Haitian Creole and standard French including the development of Haitian Creole, the phonological system, grammatical and syntactical structures and uses, lexical system, and the influence of Portuguese. Section III discusses the following classroom considerations for the teacher: (1) useful words and phrases; (2) assisting Haitian students; (3) testing; (4) non-verbal cues; and (5) differences in the Haitian and American mathematical systems. Section IV lists 22 references and teacher resources and a list of interviewees who assisted with the project. Section V offers further resources for teachers including a teacher quiz, and the text of a popular song and Haitian proverbs. (JB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), French, Haitian Creole, Haitians, Immigrants, Latin Americans, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Office of Equal Educational Opportunity, New Jersey State Department of Education, CN 500, Trenton, NJ 08625.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Office of Equal Educational Opportunity.
Identifiers - Location: Haiti