Posts Tagged ‘education’

Opposition to lottery system for kindergarten in Hawai’i

11 May 2013

As outlined in “Pūnana Leo,” the introduction of the language nest in Hawai’i, using Hawaiian as the medium of instruction, faced many legal and social hurdles. According to the ʻAha Pūnana Leo website, there are now 21 immersion schools in Hawaiʻi, educating about 2,000 students from preschool through twelfth grade.

Educating keiki, or children, in Hawaiian has become so popular that in Pāʻia, they ran out of space in the program. With space for 40 children, applications were received for 53 children. Pāʻia Elementary School decided to hold a lottery to decide which children would be admitted.

But the idea of a lottery is opposed by Nā Leo Kākoʻo O Maui, a not-for-profit organization that supports Hawaiian language immersion. According to Kaheleonolani Dukelow, an organizer for a demonstration against the lottery, a lottery would never be held to determine which children are given an English education, and so it isn’t right to hold a lottery for Hawaiian education.

Read more in “Hawaiian Immersion Lottery at Pāʻia School Postponed.”

Education – few resources, too many children

7 May 2013

Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido and Christopher Bernido had the problem of trying to run a school with too many students and not enough resources.

Their solution: Have the students compile their own “textbooks” from generic worksheets they use to record what they learn about topics. As shown in “An Innovative Program in the Philippines” on Asian Insight (primarily in Japanese), the teacher provides the topic and the main points and allows the students to explore themselves.

Hosted at the Central Visayan Institute Foundation on Bohol island in the Philippines, their Dynamic Learning Program has turned out top scholars who go on to attend university in Manila.

Read more in the articles “Poverty not an excuse for lag in science, math” and “Essentials versus Peripherals: Our Experience in Basic Education.”

Perhaps there is a way this can be combined with Where Are Your Keys? for higher language learning efficiency.

NT drops compulsory English requirement

13 July 2012

Northern Territory in Australia has dropped the requirement that teaching be in English for the first four hours of each school day. Read about it in the post “Ngurrju! Manymak! Pupuni! NT drops First Four Hours in English policy” and “Compulsory Teaching of English Reversed in Northern Territories.”

Job opening in Vancouver area – language coordinator

30 May 2012

Two days ago, the First Nations Education Steering Committee posted a job opening for a first nations language and culture coordinator. The job entails managing and coordinating initiatives of the FNESC and the First Nations Schools Association, providing leadership and acting as a liaison to various groups.

Skills required include an understanding of First Nations education issues, an education degree and three years of teaching experience including work in the field of First Nations languages .

The application period is through 11 June. The post is in West Vancouver, BC.

AU government hears how children light up when learning Yawuru

10 May 2012

Making up one-third of Australia’s land mass and 10% of the population (when Australian Antarctic Territory is not included), Western Australia is home to about 58,000 indigenous Australians (3.1% of the population). Although the Australian Indigenous Languages Database lists 171 languages in WA, the Ethnologue says of 274 languages in the country as a whole, only 161 are still spoken.

The House of Representatives is currently looking into incorporating indigenous language learning in schools. The inquiry is being implemented by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, headed by Member of Parliament Shayne Neumann.

In the article “A gift for languages improves class results,” Neumann notes that  there are encouraging signs in the move to further indigenous languages in Australia, but he also says that efforts remain inadequate.

At one of the committee’s meetings, Barbara McGillivray, chair of the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages and Culture and former teacher, appealed to the integral nature of language in one’s true identity. She mentioned how excited her children were when she taught a module on Wangatha (perhaps Wangkatha, a dialect of Western Desert).

Consultant  Wendy Hewitt said that there are currently 17 indigenous languages being taught in 48 Western Australia schools. She reported that teachers see children light up during Yawuru (ywr) instruction time.

What a great reason for incorporating language in the curriculum!

Salish language immersion graduation party

5 May 2012

According to The Salish Language, there are 47 fluent Salish (fla) speakers with an average age of 74. To revitalize the language, the Nkwusm Salish Language School provides immersion classes.

According to “Empowering our youth through the Salish language,” a graduation powwow and barbecue will be held on May 26, celebrating the graduation of eighth grader Coral Sherman from the program. It is an exciting event for the community and language revitalists everywhere!