"He said it all in Navajo!": Indigenous Language Immersion in Early Childhood Education

Louise Lockard

Abstract


This paper describes the historical and social foundations of the Navajo Headstart Immersion program. The researchers have worked as teachers, teacher educators, and parents in these programs. They reflect on the need for new partnerships among tribes, tribal colleges and universities to prepare teachers and to develop curriculum materials for Indigenous language immersion programs.

Keywords


Navajo language, indigenous language immersion, early childhood bilingual education; Headstart

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v12i2.326