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Tue Jun 15 2004

Media: LA Times: Ladino Revival; Literacy Ed Venezuela

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  1. Karen Chung, Media: LA Times: Ladino revival and literacy ed in Venezuela

Message 1: Media: LA Times: Ladino revival and literacy ed in Venezuela

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 16:37:50 +0800
From: Karen Chung <>
Subject: Media: LA Times: Ladino revival and literacy ed in Venezuela

	There are two articles of possible interest in the World
section of the June 13, 2004 issue of the Los Angeles Times online:

(1) Israelis Hoping They Won't Hear the Last Word on Ancient Dialect
By Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer

Ladino, derived from Spanish and spoken by Sephardic Jews, is being
preserved in academia as well as song, story.

JERUSALEM -- More than 500 years after Jews were expelled from Spain,
an effort is afoot here to save Ladino, a medieval dialect that helped
preserve the exiles' culture as they scattered across Europe and the
Middle East.

(2) 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

	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.

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 Karen Steffen Chung
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