ERIC Number: ED262615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Berber Dialects. Materials Status Report.
Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language/Area Reference Center.
The materials status report for the Berber languages, minority languages spoken in northern Africa, is one of a series intended to provide the nonspecialist with a picture of the availability and quality of texts for teaching various languages to English speakers. The report consists of: (1) a brief narrative description of the Berber language, the areas where it is spoken, its major dialects, its writing system, points of difficulty for the English-speaking learner, usable texts, availability of instructional programs, linguists who have worked on the language, native speakers, and other information of use to the individual planning a course in the language; (2) a bibliography of materials, categorized as basic level teaching materials, advanced level teaching materials, refresher/maintenance materials, reference materials, and dictionaries, according to evaluators' judgment of their best use in classes today rather than according to the author's intentions; and (3) individual materials evaluations each consisting of a general description (including publication information), an overview of the contents, statements about the quality of the language used, and a form on which the general text quality (language and presentation) is evaluated. The evaluations are made by native speakers and linguists recognized for their knowledge of the language. (MSE)
Descriptors: Berber Languages, Content Analysis, Dialects, Dictionaries, Difficulty Level, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Information Sources, Instructional Material Evaluation, Language Styles, Media Selection, Native Speakers, Publications, Second Language Instruction, Standard Spoken Usage, Textbooks, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Written Language
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Foreign Service (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Foreign Service Inst.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language/Area Reference Center.
Identifiers - Location: Africa