Peace Corps - Basaa Language Lessons
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The Peace Corps Basaa material in this text is presented in 'cycles' or very short lessons. Each cycle has at least two parts, or phases, an M- phase and a C- phase; most cycles have two or three M- phases and two to six C- phases. The use of the two types of phases is different.
In the M-phase, the students mimic the instructor's pronunciation until he is satisfied; they learn the meaning of each sentence, and they memorize the sentences. Then they manipulate the new sentences they have learned: either in drills givea in the text or in ways which the teacher may require; for example, after the negative has been learned, the teacher may want students to put any sentence into the negative, whether or not that drill is specifically called for by a given cycle. Some cycles contain D- or dialogue - phases. The members of the class are to memorize the entire dialogue, then take parts in acting it out in class. Other cycles contain E- or exercise - phases which drill on some particular point of grammar.
In the C- phase, the students use what they have learned in the cycle to communicate in real situations. In this part of a cycle, it is important that real, not abstract or imaginary, material be used. For this reason, most C- phases begin with application.of the new material to the members of the class; then the same material can be used about other real people, usually in pictures from the newspapers. In some cycles, maps are useful. Some are provided in the text; the teacher may want to instruct the students to bring others, or to make a map of the training site or of a town nearby, with various points of interest noted on it.
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Cameroon: Youth Development, Small Business Development, Health, Environment
Basaa is a Bantu language spoken in Cameroon. It is spoken by about 230,000 people in Centre and Littoral provinces. Basaa contrasts four tones: high, low, high-to-low (falling) and low-to-high (rising).
Basaa is spoken in: Cameroon
Basaa is also called: Basa, Bassa, Bicek, Bikyek, Bisaa, Mbele, Mee, Mvele, Northern Mbene, Tupen