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Monolingual literacy in Venezuela?

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  • Don Osborn
    The following item was forwarded by Karen Chung to the Linguist list - and it seems to suggest a literacy campaign in Venezuela that focuses only on one
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 26, 2004
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      The following item was forwarded by Karen Chung to the Linguist list -
      and it seems to suggest a literacy campaign in Venezuela that
      focuses only on one language. Can anyone comment more on the
      situation there? DZO

      In Venezuela, Words Spread Far and Wide By Carol J. Williams,
      Times Staff Writer

      A literacy program teaches Spanish, the nation's official language, in
      isolated indigenous villages


      ISLA PEDRO CAMEJO, Venezuela -- ...Teacher, handyman and rare link
      with the modern world, Fernandez pops in a cassette for the
      community's first Spanish-language instruction, which begins with a
      slogan from Cuban liberation hero Jose Marti: "To be cultured is to
      be free."

      This remote island in the Orinoco River is one of the last and most
      isolated enclaves targeted in Venezuela's vaunted campaign against
      illiteracy, which in less than a year has taught 1.2 million people,
      from the slums and the jungles, to read and write in the national
      language.

      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-
      literacy13jun13.story

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