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ERIC Number: ED354770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Written Ute English: Texture, Construction, and Point of View.
Leap, William
The development of effective skills and basic competencies in written English for Ute students in a reservation public school system and adult Ute learners seeking high school equivalency certificates is discussed. The focus of analysis is on assessing the Ute students' assumptions about written language and their use of those assumptions when doing different writing tasks. The following issues are considered: connections drawn between the "body" of written work and the title; the extent to which Ute student English essays comply with the terms of the assignment; strategies that Ute students use to organize and arrange ideas on paper; criteria that help students decide how much detail to include in their compositions; and the extent to which Ute students' writing strategies and their written work resemble the strategies and work of their non-Indian classmates. Illustrations from Ute English compositions are presented. Several conclusions are reached: (1) written Ute English compositions contain a high degree of structure, form, and organization; (2) Ute students' use of this style of written English resembles the students' use of English in other classroom domains; (3) written Ute English not only resembles oral Ute English usage, but also parallels the patterns of oral discourse found within the students' ancestral language tradition; and (4) the tribal government, parents, and school authorities agree that improvement of written English skills needs to be a priority in the education of Ute Indian students. Contains 10 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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