Study offers insight on Navajo students' English skills

The preliminary results of a study have found that even Navajo students who don't speak the language are prone to carry over some culturally caused grammatical errors into their English writing. Eric Bateman, an English professor at San Juan College in Farmington, N.M., who is conducting the study, said the children were influenced by their parents and grandparents who grew up learning English. A grant will allow Bateman to expand his research and local teachers soon might use the results of the study to improve student learning, he added.

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