Let’s Discuss Teaching Creole, French and English

Please participate!

New books: We have received some lovely books to be used by the children and staff.
The question: How can these books best help the children? How can they be used?

Photo by Marie-France Holt

The problem I see is that these books are English Language books. Is the focus of the school on teaching Creole and French? Will opportunities for learningĀ  English be offered as well?

I have seen photos of Haitian schools where children are taught English as well as French. Notice the English lesson on the chalk board.

(This photo of an English class was taken by Mike Cipoletti at Cite Soleil Community School. This school is funded by Haiti Partners. On November 8th, 2010, John Engle led a visit there.)

I myself taught English and French in a West African school where the students also studied their native language, Igbo. I helped set up a school library where books in all three languages were available.

These are web sites where thoughts on teaching using Creole are discussed:
http://summeredward.blogspot.com/2010/09/haitian-childrens-books-written-in.html
http://summeredward.blogspot.com/2010/09/sending-childrens-books-to-haiti-and.html

As someone who works with the children, what are your thoughts?

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