Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research



Cherokee Immersion Demonstration

Ryan Mackey (Cherokee Language Program) & Tracy Hirata-Edds (University of Kansas)
University of North Texas

Monday, June 23, 8:30-10:30am
Nedderman Hall 105

Course Information:
Ryan Mackey and Tracy Hirata-Edds will share information about language immersion for revitalization. They will begin with a brief discussion of the basics concepts. Then, Ryan will provide a demonstration of how he immerses adults in Cherokee. They will end with a debriefing of what language components were taught, how they were taught and how to adapt and apply immersion to a variety of situations.

Instructor Biography:
Ryan “Wahde” Mackey is a Cherokee traditionalist, storyteller, dancer, language specialist, immersion teaching assistant, and Cherokee language instructor. He has shared his expertise at conferences and in interviews on Cherokee culture and lifeways, including clan membership, spirituality, and identity. Over the last five years, Wahde has been developing and providing immersion classes for adults learning Cherokee as a second language. He has worked with curriculum development, lesson planning and implementation of the courses using modified versions of Total Physical Response, model conversational dialogues, and other participatory techniques.

Tracy Hirata-Edds received her PhD in Child Language from the University of Kansas and teaches in the KU Applied English Center. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher and a Fulbright Scholar teacher trainer in Nepal. Her professional interests include endangered language revitalization, documentation, immersion schools, teacher training, assessment design, language learning, and children’s first and second language development. She partners with Native communities for language and culture maintenance and revitalization, including serving as an advisor to Cherokee Nation's immersion school and conducting research related to language learning, teaching, and revitalization issues. Additionally, she supports revitalization efforts by providing workshops and teacher trainings in a variety of venues, including Oklahoma’s Breath of Life.