Manual for Alphabet Design through Community Interaction for Papua New Guinea Elementary Teacher Trainers
EASTON, Catherine; WROGE, Diane, authors. 2012. Manual for Alphabet Design through Community Interaction for Papua New Guinea Elementary Teacher Trainers. 2nd edition. Papua New Guinea: SIL - Ukarumpa. 120 pages. Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Papua New Guinea's Department of Education.
The Manuel for Alphabet Design through Community Interaction has been designed as a resource to be used by elementary teacher trainers to help them understand the principles of alphabet design (orthography development) in Papua New Guinea. It describes a method of alphabet development that they can use to assist elementary teachers and community members to develop orthographies for their own languages. (Orthography is the linguistic term for the whole writing system. As well as alphabet letters it includes word breaks, spelling rules, punctuation, dialects, tone, stress, etc.) The manual is written for educators who may have little or no linguistic background or knowledge. This process was first developed by SIL-PNG. It was originally applied to single language workshops, but has been used in a variety of settings, including multi-language contexts. This method includes:
- Facilitating members of a language group to develop a trial alphabet for their own language.
- Encouraging writers in other languages (Pidgin English, Hiri Motu or English) to write stories in their own language and become active participants in the process of deciding on how to write the sounds of their language.
- Developing people’s awareness of their language’s letters and sounds in order to assist them in producing elementary school materials in their local language.
- Completing the Worksheet for Alphabet Design through Community Interaction.
- Producing a Trial Spelling Guide, through silkscreening wax stencils cut by hand. The Spelling Guide includes stories written in the local language.
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