Education Officer for the Western district, Margaret Jules-Royer, has attempted to dispel the notion that speaking Creole negatively affects students’ knowledge of Standard English.
“Regardless of some critics who say that the speaking of Creole adversely affects the speaking and writing of Standard English, we are here today to prove to them that they both can go hand in hand,” she stated, at the seventh annual Primary Schools Kwéyòl Spelling Bee Competition, on Wednesday.
She applauded the efforts of the Komité Pou Etid Kwéyòl (KEK) in the preservation of the Creole language.
However, Royer, highlighted the challenge of the Ministry of Education in marketing and managing the use of both Creole and Standard English in schools.
“The challenge for us, as educators, however, is to ensure that this concept of being able to use both languages in the classroom is marketed and managed properly, through the schools, KEK, Ministry of Education, and the Cultural Division coming together more often to explore the idea even further… to work towards ensuring that, in our curriculum, we look at the writing of Creole,” she noted.
Meanwhile, Chairman of KEK, Raymond Lawrence, revealed that the committee will soon tackle an updated Creole dictionary.
“KEK has been playing a very vital role in the preservation of the Creole language. Our next major project is an updated version of our Creole dictionary,” he divulged.
He encouraged private sector investment in the preservation of Dominican culture, and the Creole language.
Partnership with the Ministry of Education, Raymond remarked, will help to promote and preserve the language.
“Together with the Ministry of Education, we can continue to build on the inclusion of the language, even in the national curriculum in schools, and give greater exposure and promotion to this beautiful language of ours,” he commented. “And, in that way, we will help to ensure the future promotion and preservation of the language.”
Raymond urged Dominican to take pride in the Creole language.