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Bilingual education among the Karipúna and Galibi-Marwono

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Abstract

Kheu&#243;l or Amazonian (or Amap&#225; or Amerindian) French Creole (AFC) is spoken by the Karip&#250;na and Galibi-Marwono, indigenous Brazilians who also belong to the wider Caribbean French Creole-speaking world. They are bilingual in AFC and Portuguese to varying degrees, and language attitudes vary among groups and villages. Working alongside government agencies, religious organisations have been promoting a three year bilingual education primary school programme among these AFC speakers. It is through bilingual education that many Karip&#250;na and Galibi-Marwono are exposed to Portuguese, the offi cial language and medium of secondary education. The paper offers an overview of bilingual education among these groups, considering the opportunities and challenges for language maintenance, government policies and the materials in use. <b>Keywords:</b> French Creole; Karip&#250;na; Galibi-Marwono; Bilingual Education; Amazonia

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