Workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th. Registration will be available September 1. Workshops are open to anyone, and are included with conference registration. Workshop schedule will be posted soon.
Wednesday October 30th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
American Indian Language Development Institute
Facilitators: Alyce Sadongei
Description: The American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI) recognizes that language revitalization is closely aligned with issues of sovereignty, colonialism, well-being, and self-determination. This session will examine these and other issues that affect language work in our communities but we often do not have the time to discuss. Facilitated group discussions will encourage honest, respectful engagement and there will be time for all groups to share.
THE MASTER-APPRENTICE LANGUAGE LEARNING PROGRAM
Wednesday October 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
Facilitators: Leanne Hinton, Julian Lang, Nancy Steele, and Carly Tex
Description: The Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program (MAP), designed by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, has been found to be one of the most successful ways for adult learners to develop conversational proficiency in indigenous languages. In this workshop we will present the basic principles of this one-on-one method, illustrating with interactive exercises. We will discuss how and why it can work well (and sometimes not), and how it feeds into language revitalization efforts at school, in the community, and in the home. We will also discuss how a community could set up their own MAP program.
BREATH OF LIFE: LEARNING INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES FROM DOCUMENTATION
Wednesday, October 30th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and the Miyaamia Center
Facilitators: Quirina Geary, Leanne Hinton, Deborah Morillo, Kayla Begay, Daryl Baldwin
Description: This will be an interactive workshop about putting linguistic documentation to use for language learning and revitalization. We will begin with a history and overview of the Breath of Life workshops and institutes for indigenous languages without speakers, in Berkeley, Washington D.C., and Oklahoma. The structure of these institutes will be discussed for people interested in setting up their own. We will go over how to find documentation, what you might need to learn in order to understand and make use of it, how to organize it, how to turn linguistic documentation into usable materials for language learning, and how the use of documentation has inspired and furthered the language journeys of individuals and communities. Breakout sessions will go into more detail on participants’ choice of discussion on finding materials, organizing and analyzing the materials, use for language teaching and learning, setting up a Breath of Life workshop, or other related topics.
CREATING NEW INFRASTRUCTURE WITHIN THE FIELD OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION
Wednesday October 30th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Jacob Manatowa-Bailey
Description: This session will share key perspectives on creating infrastructure within the field of Indigenous Language Revitalization. It will propose new directions for future research and development with a focus on community mobilization, capacity building, and the human dynamics of creating social change.