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ERIC Number: ED426629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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The Story of Feliks--Bidialectal Education.
Berry, Rosalind; Hudson, Joyce
The 10-year history leading to publication of "Making the Jump: A Resource Book for Teachers of Aboriginal Students" is chronicled. The book focuses on acceptance of the Aboriginal students' home language, often a creole or a dialect of English, and the use of that language as a jumping-off point for teaching Standard Australian English (SAE). The book was designed for use in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, but the approach and resources can be applied to other students who speak creole or a non-standard dialect of English. The FELIKS (Fostering English Language in Kimberley Schools) professional development course was developed by a language team within the Catholic Education Office consisting of linguists and English-as-a-Second-Language resource teachers. The course was designed to inform teachers and Aboriginal teacher assistants of the validity of the Aboriginal children's language and provide ideas on how to approach the teaching of SAE. The projects' goals and the positive response are described, and the evolution of the book to provide follow-up materials is explained. These included the book, two University of Notre Dame Australia courses, and orientation workshops for new teachers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia