2014 News

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Yes, Immersion Education Matters

Voices are rising for Native language immersion education! Indian Country Today published this article by education anthropologist Teresa L. McCarty on September 1, 2014. McCarty, who works for both UCLA and Arizona State University, writes, As Congress considers two bills to support Native American language immersion, including the Native Language
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 5

This is Part 5 of a 12-part series. Write It Down and Remember More  Flashcards are a great learning tool with Spaced Repetition.  They are an even better tool when you make them yourself! Writing a word is part of learning the word — … especially if it is spelled consistently. Therefore, part of your learning practice can be to make yo
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 4

Less Repetition, More Learning Would you really learn a Native American language more easily if you didn’t have to recite words so much? Would you believe the answer is “Yes?” In the early 1970’s, self-study learning became easier with a system that connected the dots about how short and long-term memory work in learning. The system is called Space
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 3

It’s Memory. Remember? Memory Makes It Happen  Focused effort to learn anything activates the brain’s two great tools:  short-term memory and long-term memory. The more you use and exercise your short-term memory, the more quickly you can learn. Learning vocabulary every day is an ideal way to train your short-term memory. The brain will auto
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 2

This is the important point to remember: It Still Isn’t Magic!  Even with passion, there is no magical method to learning a second language through self-study. There is no shortcut.  And there is no wizardly teacher to give you the answers! Don’t believe commercials for “quick and easy” language-learning products. The magic is inside you. The quest
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips

This is Part 1 of a 12-part series. Are you tackling study of an endangered language on your own? Fantastic!  And – get ready! Learning a second language – any language – is not an easy task at any age. And yet, many people around the world achieve proficiency, fluency or some skill at a second, third and even more languages. So it can be don
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Best Practices for Language Revitalization – Conclusion

This is Part 4 of a four-part series. The final two Best Practices for language revitalization are Oversight and Social Support. Oversight In the school classroom setting, students’ progress needs to be tracked through regular assessment tests, to provide proof to school administrators, families and community members of the language program’s succe
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Linguist Walks Into a Fake TV Talk Show …

Sounds like the start of a party joke — and maybe it was! Back in 2007, not long before the PBS show “The Linguists” aired with linguist K. David Harrison, the Swarthmore professor and Co-Director of the Living Tongues Institute published his book, When Languages Die. It caught the attention of none other than Stephen Colbert, com
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Make Your Voice Heard for Native American Languages

We’re sharing this appeal from the Linguistic Society of America and CELP, the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation. It’s a simple way to keep up on Congress’ consideration of two important pieces of legislation supporting preservation and education in endangered Native American languages.                CELP and LSA say: This i
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