Center for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations

Georgia   |   Non profit

Project Name
Development of Bilingual Literacy in Minority Schools in Georgia (DBL)

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Non profit

Minority schools have been implementing the bilingual programs since 2010. The gaps identified by the CCIIR for the period of program implementation include lack of appropriate materials as well as bilingual teachers. Literacy in native language as well as bi-literacy remain to be critical issue for minority schools. reading. While nearly eighty percent of teachers reported using computers for classroom reading instruction, the majority of teachers were unable to identify which activities target specific reading skills. A baseline study of 145 grades 1-6 teachers and 355 primary students showed that performance in first and second languages is poor. Approximately one third of students report that they are not engaged in reading activities at home. More than half of Georgian language teachers reported they lacked effective reading materials; and approximately two thirds of first language teachers lacked instructional guides to teach reading.

The project will build the capacity of 432 grades 1-6 teachers of 216 minority primary schools in literacy and bi-literacy instruction. It will improve the reading skills in first (Armenian and Azerbaijani) and second languages (Georgian) of 30,000 ethnic minority primary school children by creating leveled materials (e-Books) in both languages, and incorporating technology into teacher professional development. The theory of change is that by supplying teachers and students with sufficient teaching and learning materials, building teacher capacity in ethnic minority schools, and using technology in the teaching and learning processes, the improved reading literacy of Georgian ethnic minority students can be improved in both their mother tongue languages (Armenian and Azerbaijani) and Georgian.

Project Reach
The project will impact 30,000 ethnic minority primary school children. As of September 2013, the following materials have been developed: A Georgian version of an e-Book package, consisting of 80 phonetic, 117 serial, and 220 leveled books, was developed. In addition, the following tools have been developed: custom-developed software that adjusts reading levels; a trilingual dictionary of 2,000 of the most frequent lexical units; an e-module for organizing words in accordance with their frequency of use; and an e-platform for a dictionary that provides translation of Georgian words into Armenian and Azerbaijani languages alongside child-friendly illustrations.

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