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ERIC Number: EJ822841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Is It Aulua or Education Dressed up in "Kastom"? A Report on the Ongoing Negotiation of Literacy and Identity in a Ni Vanuatu Community
Paviour-Smith, Martin
Current Issues in Language Planning, v6 n2 p224-238 May 2005
This paper reports on two critical incidents in the progress towards implementing a vernacular language programme in the village school at Aulua, Malakula, in Vanuatu. In stage one of the fieldwork, (2000-1) an orthography was created by a committee. An element of the second stage of the project (2004-5) was a workshop to create the primers and reading material for the Class 1 curriculum. In both stages, issues regarding history, identity and locality were raised. In the first phase, the committee managed to weave these elements into the orthography. In the second, while subject matter for materials met local requirements of exploring local customs and histories, local discourse patterns of narratives were absent. This absence can not simply be justified by the transference of oral performance to written discourse. (Contains 6 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vanuatu