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Dear folks,
        I came across an intriguing article in The Rotarian (Nov. 2000)
entitled "Teaching the World to Read".  The magazine comes to us free of
charge.  It concerns a program known as Concentrated Language Encounter
(CLE) which has been used in Bangladesh.  It was part of a Health,
Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant administered by Rotary International.

        The method was first developed for aboriginal children in
Austrailia. It is now part of the curriculum in every school in
Thailand.  It's an immersion process by which communication skills are
built through hands-on-learning.  Quoting from the article "The method
quite literally transforms classrooms into educational playgrounds,
where language is a toy and learning is a game."

        After students absorb and analyze text, they are asked to
recreate the story as a group.  This might involve creating a song, a
play or a dance.  The process helps instill pride and develop social
skills as well.  The program has been highly successful.  In three years
literacy rates have risen from 26% to 55%.  The drop out rate has gone
from 40% to 5%.

        Have any of you had contact with this type of program?  Has it
had this much success?

Ed Nizalowski
School Media Specialist
Newark Valley High School
Newark Valley, NY

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