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An assessment of linguistic development in a Kaqchikel immersion school

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Title: An assessment of linguistic development in a Kaqchikel immersion school
Authors: Heaton, Raina
Xoyón, Igor
Keywords: Kaqchikel language
immersion school
Mayan languages
language education
language revitalization
Issue Date: Dec 2016
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Heaton, Raina & Igor Xoyón. 2016. An assessment of linguistic development in a Kaqchikel immersion school. Language Documentation & Conservation 10. 497-521.
Abstract: This paper discusses two assessments designed to evaluate the progress of students in the Kaqchikel immersion program at Nimaläj Kaqchikel Amaq’. Picture-naming production and comprehension tasks were used to test for proficiency in phonology and morphology as well as lexical acquisition. The tests targeted basic contrasts which are important to Kaqchikel grammatical structure. While students are still struggling with many aspects of the language such as the phonology and positional verbs, many are able to understand and use singular vs. plural intransitive verb morphology. Results are being used to improve the program and inform future methodological and curricular decisions.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 25 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24716
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Volume 10 : Language Documentation & Conservation



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