Language & Content (L&C) Learning Across the Curriculum Bilingual Texts

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PREL’s Language & Content (L&C) Learning Across the Curriculum project is a multi-year effort in Chuuk funded by the Chuuk Department of Education (CDOE). The project focuses on how language plays an important role in learning across content areas to support academic success. PREL work closely with a core group of CDOE staff to build their capacity in addressing academic language and literacy learning in both the local language and English, at both classroom and systems levels, in support of the Chuuk Education Reform initiative. There are three components to the L&C work: Professional Learning for Pre-service and In-service Teachers, Contextualized Curriculum, and Community Engagement.

One key task from the Contextualized Curriculum component is the development of locally-relevant bilingual texts for kindergarten (K5) to gr. 8. The texts build language and literacy skills in the local language and English, through topics important to students, their communities, and Chuuk. There are four texts in each grade, and each text focuses on a topic from one of the following themes: traditional stories/legends; environment/climate change; plants and animals; and daily island life.

The bilingual text development is truly a collaborative effort. Each text is conceptualized and written by CDOE staff, with technical assistance from PREL on brainstorming, writing, and reviewing; local knowledge from community members to enhance the content; and technical assistance from Island Research & Education Initiative on reviewing, layout/illustration, and printing logistics.

L&C Bilingual Texts

In 2014-2015, the L&C project produced a set of bilingual texts for K5 and gr. 1. With CDOE’s approval, all K5 and gr. 1 bilingual texts are included below, so children in and out of Chuuk can enjoy the texts and build their language and literacy skills in the local language and English. Happy reading!

For more information about the L&C project, please contact Emily Lam, project manager, at lam@prel.org

Traditional Stories and Legends

K5 Grade 1
thumbnail of poster 1
Ewe Kúkkú Nipwpwei
The Little Crab
3
Sépénúwan
Single-Page / Double-Page
   
thumbnail of poster 2
Fisuw Ráán nón eww Wiik
Seven Days in a Week
     
Grade 2 Grade 3
Rat and Crab
Nakkich me Nipwpwei
Rat and Crab***
Heron and Octopus
Érré me Nippach
Heron and Octopus***

Environment and Climate Change

K5 Grade 1
4
Pwórausen Fáán Nááng*
Weather
Single-Page / Double-Page
5
Ráás me Efen*
Seasons
Single-Page / Double-Page
   
Grade 2 Grade 3
Living Things in the Mangrove Swamp
Ménú Manaw Nein Chia
Living Things in the Mangrove Swamp***
What I See on the Reef
Meet Ú Kúna me Wóón Ewe Ooch
What I See on the Reef***

Plants and Animals

K5 Grade 1
6
Maan nón Chuuk
Animals in Chuuk
Single-Page / Double-Page
7
Iráán wón Fénúweei*
Plants on My Island
Single-Page / Double-Page
   
Grade 2 Grade 3
My Garden
Áái We Atake
My Garden***
Animals and Their Habitats
Maan me Neenieer
Animals and Their Habitats***

Daily Island Life

K5 Grade 1
8
Ifa Ussun Áái
Túmwúnúúw Inisi**
How I Take Care of Myself
Single-Page / Double-Page
9
Wiisen Paapa me
Maama nón Faamini
Roles of the Father
and Mother in the Family

Single-Page / Double-Page
   
Grade 2 Grade 3
Teamwork in My Community
Angechuu Nón Áái We Kinikin
Teamwork in My Community***
Fishing for Mwómwusich
Laalé
Fishing for Mwómwusich***

 

*PREL’s Pacific islands Climate Education Partnership (PCEP) program provided additional resources to support content enhancement and illustration for these texts.

**PREL’s Water for Life (WfL) program provided additional resources to support illustration for this text.

***PREL’s Pacific Regional Comprehensive Center (PRCC) provided additional technical assistance for CDOE to develop these bilingual texts.

Language & Content Learning Lesson Demonstration

Dorsa William (Program Specialist, PREL Chuuk Office) demonstrates a lesson using How I Take Care of Myself in a K5 classroom at Mwan Elementary School in Chuuk, December 2014.

Click here to download the facilitator’s guide