ERIC Number: ED356913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Cree Language and Culture 10, 20, 30: Program of Studies.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Language Services Branch.
This curriculum guide outlines a program designed for Cree high school students in Alberta, Canada to study their Native language and culture. The curriculum is also appropriate for non-Native students. The first part of the guide, concerning philosophy and rationale, discusses the history of the Cree language and culture, stressing the importance of preserving Native culture through language. In the second part, general learner expectations are listed, including experience using the language, knowledge about language and language learning, and culture. In the third part of the guide specific learner expectations are detailed. Specifically, students will: (1) use the Cree language in situations where the Cree culture is explicit or implicit; (2) demonstrate an ability to apply general knowledge about language and language learning to their learning of the Cree language; and (3) demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of aspects of the Cree culture, its attitudes and values. The specific learner expectations are divided into 3 levels of proficiency (10, 20, 30) that move students from the skills required to interact in controlled or predictable situations to those requiring more spontaneous interaction. The cultural component of the program includes Cree values and emphasizes traditional practices such as story-telling and respect for Elders. The program also reflects the seasonal and cyclical nature that is manifested in Cree cultural beliefs and customs. The curriculum is community-based and promotes the involvement of Elders and community leaders in program delivery. (LP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Language Services Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada