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A shortage of instructional materials and activities is a continual problem for Native language courses, as is making the material relevant to students. The Native way of teaching and learning has always been to have fun. In response to these concerns, a group of language experts at Trent University (Ontario) are developing a CD-ROM for high school students about hockey in Ojibway. In Canada, most aboriginal communities have arenas, and hockey is important to many Ojibway youth. Perhaps they will use the language while playing hockey as a code to win. Words and phrases related to hockey were sorted into themes and organized into a medicine wheel format. The medicine wheel is a circle that has four quadrants, such as the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. From this medicine wheel came the idea of nurturing the language and healing the culture. Thirteen themes were identified, and they were expanded through the use of subthemes. Scripts were written to match the themes and what might actually happen at a typical hockey game. Aboriginal input was sought from the start in recognition of the fact that aboriginal communities need to control and review what is taught to their children. Four Ojibway language experts supervised all aspects of the project. New words had to be created for items that had no equivalent in the old language, such as time clocks. Completed scripts will be reviewed by fluent speakers from the community. (TD)

Descriptors: American Indian Education, Chippewa (Tribe), Community Involvement, Educational Media, Foreign Countries, High School Students, Ice Hockey, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Native Language Instruction, Ojibwa, Optical Data Disks, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education

For full text: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/ILAC/.

Autor: Williams, Shirley I.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5224&id=ED462245

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