The I Kumision I Fino’ CHamoru held a virtual presentation at Adelup Tuesday regarding the latest revised orthography for CHamoru language educators.
The updated orthography has been long-awaited with the last revision made back in 1983.
Dr. Hope Cristobal, a former senator and former I Kumision I fino CHamoru, says that this updated version is essential for GDOE Chamorro teachers to have in order to teach CHamoru culture and language to their students.
“What this orthography booklet will do is make it easier for individuals that do not have a mastery of the technical linguistic terms. We brought in some GDOE teachers who assisted us to make it understandable to the everyday person, especially to GDOE teachers. They now have a resource to teach CHamoru language in the more correct or more standardized written CHamoru,” Cristobal said.
Ann Marie Arceo, from the office of Kumision I Fino’ CHamoru, added that their administration has taken CHamoru language and cultural practice to the next level by supporting Chief Hurao Academy and the Guam DOE CHamoru Studies program.
She added that the preservation of the CHamoru language still lives on through young CHamoru speakers.
Arceo says they are also looking at effective models within the charter school framework that is used in Hawaii and elsewhere.