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ERIC Number: ED415072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Incorporating Technology into a Hawaiian Language Curriculum.
Ka'awa, Makalapua; Hawkins, Emily
This paper describes Hawaiian language courses that incorporate computer technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In the past decade, enrollments in all types of Hawaiian language programs have increased rapidly. The University of Hawaii is committed to extending Hawaiian language education, especially the full development of Hawaiian immersion in the K-12 educational system. The University trains teachers, conducts program evaluations, prepares materials and textbooks, advises on language policy, is a continuing source of Hawaiian speakers, and provides venues for language use. Technology is a tool to involve students and community members in learning and using Hawaiian. Technologies used include the Hawaii Interactive Television System (HITS), four distance-learning channels linking the major Hawaiian islands; e-mail; and software to promote the writing process and for creating World Wide Web pages. Hawaiian language courses and their technology-mediated activities include: (1) a writing-intensive intermediate course in Hawaiian in which students engage in e-mail and live computer-based discussion groups; (2) an advanced course delivered via HITS, primarily to Hawaiian immersion teachers on four islands; (3) integrated technology training and Hawaiian language learning that enables students to provide technology training off-campus to the Hawaiian language community; and (4) a course on development of thematic multimedia curriculum units for immersion programs. Other projects include a website on Hawaiian birds and a Hawaiian language newspaper project for immersion students in grades 6-10. Eight websites with Hawaiian language resources are listed. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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