Peace Corps - Learning Chichewa Book - Teacher Manual

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US Peace Corps Chewa  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
Language consists of rules for making utterances. These rules, for a native speaker, are unconscious. That is, native speakers of English do not think "now I am going to place an adjective in front of a noun" each time they do it, yet there is-a "rule" in English which requires that adjectives normally precede the nouns they modify. In Chichek, a rule requires adjectives to follow their nouns.You can see, then, that Mastering a foreign language presents a formidable task to the learner, since no language has had all its rules adequately described. Thus, language learning (which involves explicit explanation of the rules of a language) and language acquisition(naturally inducing rules from exposure to language data) must both be at work for a person to master a foreign language. While the teacher explains as many rules as possible to the student, the student is also acquiring the rule system of the language just by hearing and using the language. This is the reason that there are two parts (A and B) to the language books in this series, the grammar lessons and the communication/culture lessons. The first gives the students the rules. The second gives them actual language usage situations In which to practice the rules they have learned and to acquire new ones.

Limit your examples to those given in the book and the corresponding lesson of the communication/culture materials. if the students specifically ask for a vocabulary word, give it to them, but do not emphasize vocabulary in your teaching. Introducing too much at this point will only confuse and frustrate the students. Instead, be sure that the vocabulary contained in both the grammar and communication/culture lessons gets used often, over and over in class. 'During class time, you will need to go through the grammatical explanations thoroughly, writing (and pronouncing) examples on the board and having the students repeat them. Correct their pronunciation, being especially careful to draw their attention to the tone of the words. Also, have the students complete each set of exercises. You may usa the exercises orally, by asking the students for their responses or you may have them write their answers first, then call on them to answer. Vary your approach. Sometimes, have the students come to the blackboard and write there the responses they have already written in their books. You can then ask individual students to "correct"- the sentences on the board orally. In this way, spelling errors can be noted as well.

The grammar lessons are designed to give your students the linguistic rules of Chich6a. The communication/culture lessons will give them some sociolinguistic rules, to which you will be able to add many more. A person must know not only how to say something, but what is appropriate to say.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Zambia: 1994-present
Mozambique: 1998-present

PROGRAM SECTORS
Zambia: Education, Business, Health
Mozambique: Education, Health

Chewa, is the Malawian dialect very similar, though not the same as Nyanja, is a language of the Bantu language family. The noun class prefix chi- is used for languages, so the language is also known as Chichewa and Chinyanja (spelled Cinyanja in Zambia), and locally Nyasa in Mozambique.

Chewa is spoken in: Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Chewa is also called: Chinyanja, Nyanja, Chichea

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