5 Dec 2013

Plan for bilingual teaching worries American Samoa leader

4:28 pm on 5 December 2013

American Samoa's Vice Speaker, Iaulualo Talia Faafetai, has raised concerns about the director of education's plan to increase the use of Samoan in teaching in the public school system.

The dual language proposal was one of the main topics of discussion that was promoted during the Governor's Education Summit and a proposed recommendation that was drafted by the hosts but was not voted on is to transition to dual language teaching.

Iaulualo questions whether the dual language concept has been scientifically tested with the Samoan language.

In a letter to the Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau, Iaulualo says the Samoan language is limited in words and he wonders if this could handicap the teaching of core subjects such as science, math and technology.

And his other concern is whether teachers are properly trained to deliver dual language teaching.