East Cree is a Native American language spoken on the Eastern coast of James Bay, Quebec, Canada. Like many other Aboriginal languages, it is struggling to survive. Using participatory action research (Morris & Muzychka, 2002; Junker, 2002), the eastcree.org project (www.eastcree.org) is exploring how Information Technology can assist language documentation, preservation and transmission. We report here on the development of on-line read-along material, whose goal is to strengthen literacy in Cree syllabics. Since Cree became the language of instruction in all Cree schools in 1995, the department of Cree Programs (the curriculum development unit of the Cree School Board for Cree language and culture) published hundreds of books in Cree syllabics (Burnaby et al. 1999a, 1999b). We were asked to explore possibilities of adapting such books to the web in order to have the story read back to the user and also to teach correct spelling by highlighting the portions of text on each page, as it is being read.

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Keywords East Cree, language, East Cree Project, preservation, online learning, read-along
Publisher Department of Cognitive Science
Series Cognitive Science Technical Report Series
Junker, M.-O. (2006). Developing an On-line Cree Read-along with Syllabics. Technical Report 2006-01. Cognitive Science Technical Report Series. Department of Cognitive Science.