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ERIC Number: ED354772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
A Description of the Rock Point Community School Bilingual Education Program.
Reyhner, Jon
Rock Point Community School's bilingual program is described. Located in the Navajo Nation in Northeast Arizona, the school began its English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction in 1960 and bilingual education in 1967. In 1982, the first high school seniors were graduated. By 1988, 43 percent of Rock Point students were dominant Navajo speakers and only 5 percent were dominant English speakers. Under the Rock Point bilingual curriculum instituted in 1967, kindergarten students are taught reading in Navajo. The program features a locally trained Navajo teaching staff and a bilingual curriculum that is not dependent upon supplemental funding. Navajo language teachers in grades K-12 are paid from the same main contract funds as most English language teachers. The bilingual program is viewed as both a coordinate and a maintenance program, with instruction in the two languages kept separate but complementary. A summary of the Navajo and English curriculum for grades K-6 is illustrated. Research support for the Rock Point program is reported, including educational areas that need to be addressed to empower Indian students. The development of Navajo curriculum materials is also described, and the use of standardized tests to evaluate the Rock Point program is discussed. Finally, community involvement is cited as a component in the success of the Rock Point program. Contains 17 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A