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CLICO CREDIT UNION
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 65th Annual General Meeting of the CLICO
Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited will take place on Wednesday
March 26th 2014 from 5:00pm at the Capital Plaza Hotel, Wrightson Road,
Port of Spain (Festival Ball Room) for the following purposes:
1. To receive and confirm Minutes of the 64th Annual General Meeting
and Minutes of the Special General Meeting held on November 20,
2. To receive and adopt the Reports of the Board of Directors,
ending December 31, 2013.
3. To approve Recommendations.
4. To consider Resolutions.
5. To elect Board and Committee members.
6. To transact any other business that may come properly before the
Registration begins at 4:00pm
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Low aptitude for literacy often
goes hand in hand with low
aptitude for language.
This week, Against the Odds
looks at the third hurdle adults
face in the Alta classroom: Spo-
ken word and written word.
In the Caribbean, difficulty
acquiring language is compound-
ed because we have two forms
of English---Standard and Creole.
The difference everyone notices
is in pronunciation.
This only occasionally leads to
misinterpretation, as in the news-
paper story that mentioned
square pegs in wrong holes.
In implementing my dyslexia
training in the Alta classroom, I
realised that phonics had to
change to match my students
speech rather than the other way
For adults to forge a meaningful
link between letters and sounds,
the sounds have to be those they
use. Alta Students choose
between Creole and Standard
English pronunciation for the th
phonics card and, because Trinis
say the words peer, pear, pare,
pair exactly the same, at Alta
these four, three-letter endings
have the same sound.
The difference in grammar is
much harder to address.
Most of our ancestors arrived
in the Caribbean, many unwill-
ingly, and were faced with
extreme language immersion with
They picked up the vocabulary,
but ignored features not essential
for communication and contin-
ued to apply the only grammar
they knew---that of their native
The shared vocabulary makes
it easier to communicate, but has
the big drawback of making it
very difficult to distinguish Cre-
ole from Standard.
The common perception that
Creole English has no past tense
shows this clearly.
The form of the verb which
Creole uses to show the past is
that used in Standard English to
denote present tense, eg "They
play mas" is past in Creole, pres-
ent in Standard. For present, Cre-
ole would say, "They does play
Alta has a well-established lan-
guage policy shaped heavily by
lectures given at Alta tutor meet-
ings in the early 1990s by Dr
Lawrence Carrington and Merle
Alta recognises that Creole
English has a different grammar
to Standard English and accepts
the language students come with.
We replace the terms "good
English" and "bad English"
correct and incorrect English,
with Standard English and Creole
When students begin to write
for themselves, according to their
goals and needs, Alta teaches the
differences between Creole and
Standard English, one by one in
a structured way.
Because literacy is a skill, you
can choose any content as the
vehicle to teach reading and writ-
ing. The Alta Programme uses
material adults would come
across in daily living in T&T, sim-
plified to their reading level.
Alta has chosen life skills as
the content for instruction---stu-
dents learn to read and they learn
to manage their lives and even
After more than 20 years work-
ing in adult literacy, I still marvel
that students and teachers actu-
ally surmount the huge obstacles
so Alta students do read, do
write, do look up and out at the
world where before they looked
down at the ground at their feet.
• Against the Odds by Paula
Lucie-Smith was first published
in 20 Years of Alta magazine,
Become a part of Alta. Volun-
teer, donate, spread the word.
Alta volunteers are unpaid.
• Call 624-ALTA (2582) or e-
mail firstname.lastname@example.org or find
us on Facebook: Alta Trinidad.
Students can learn in their own language
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