ERIC Number: ED415073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
It Really Works: Cultural Communication Proficiency.
Bennett, Ruth, Ed.
This paper describes the cultural communication proficiency method of indigenous language instruction, developed at Humboldt State University's Center for Indian Community Development (California), and demonstrates the method with five Hupa lesson plans. The method is based on three principles: that Native American students learn by doing, learn in ways compatible with their culture, and learn in stages. Cooperative learning, communication-based instruction, and total physical response approaches are integrated to present language lessons based in experience. Two lesson plans present Hupa words for relatives and for cultural activities. The lesson plans describe materials; list objectives in cultural, communication, and proficiency areas; and detail activities. The activities pass through the stages of comprehensible input (teacher's yes/no questions), guided practice (either/or questions), independent practice (student supplies vocabulary term), challenge (student responds to new elicitation), and expansion. A third lesson plan teaches a traditional northern California story, He-Who-Was-Dug-Up, by having the children create puppets and stage puppet plays of the story. Objectives and activities are described for preschool and grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The fourth and fifth lesson plans accompany a Hupa "bingo" game based on the Hupa names for 20 local animals and a game based on Hupa words for the parts of the body. A description of the work of the Center for Indian Community Development is included. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, CA. Center for Indian Community Development.