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Title: Language revitalization in northern Manitoba: a study of an elementary school Cree bilingual program
Authors: Nikkel, Walter
Supervisor: MacPherson, Seonaigh (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning)
Examining Committee: Piquemal, Nathalie (Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology) Horton, Ken (Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth Dumas, William (School District of Mystery Lake
Graduation Date: October 2006
Keywords: Cree
language revitalization
Issue Date: 4-Jul-2006
Abstract: This thesis concerns a study of an elementary school Cree bilingual program. Students’ language proficiency, attitudes and academic performance were analyzed and parent and teacher interviews were conducted to assess the program’s effectiveness and to determine how well it meets community needs and expectations. The study found that students were learning Cree vocabulary but developing only limited communicative ability and they were not able to converse. The study also found that Cree Program students had positive attitudes toward Cree language and culture, and that their performance in other subject areas was not negatively affected by their focus on Cree language learning. Adult interviews demonstrated that parents and teachers had realistic assessments of students’ performance, but that they were strongly committed to the program. Parents demonstrated that they were very engaged in their children’s education.
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Appears in Collection(s):FGS - Electronic Theses & Dissertations (Public)
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