ERIC Number: ED356916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Blackfoot 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 Blackfoot high school students in Alberta, Canada to study their Native language and culture. The curriculum is also appropriate for non-Native students. The guide discusses the history of the Blackfoot language and culture, stressing the preservation of Native culture through language. The goal of this program is to teach students to use words, sentence patterns, intonation patterns and social conventions that characterize the Blackfoot language in a social and cultural context. The guide includes general learner expectations covering: (1) listening and speaking skills and attitudes; (2) reading and writing skills and attitudes; (3) linguistic code; (4) learning strategies; (5) experience using the language; and (6) cultural attitudes. Also included are specific learner expectations that expand on the general learner objectives and serve as benchmarks to indicate stages in students' development of language and cultural proficiency. Specific learner expectations are divided into 3 levels of proficiency at which skills and concepts of increasing complexity are introduced. The curriculum covers content areas in human relationships, relationships to the natural environment and cultural lifestyles. Blackfoot 10 deals with aspects of the students' immediate environment; Blackfoot 20 assists students in developing an understanding of community relationships; and Blackfoot 30 expands students' world view and appreciation of cultural background. (LP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Language Services Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada